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Pokémon GO,” the new reality mobile game, is exploding with users since its inception. Pokémon GO makes people get outside and walk around, and although exercise is good, there are also important safety factors with this game. Players have been injured while using the app, not only when using while driving, but also when walking, because they get distracted. The National Safety Council reminds players to look up, and pay attention to your surroundings when you are using Pokémon GO on your mobile device. When you get a warning message telling you to pay attention to your surroundings, do it! Distracted walking causes real injuries and players need to be aware of their surroundings, watching for danger, and following the law when playing the game.

“Pokémon GO,” the new reality mobile game, is exploding with users since its inception. Pokémon GO makes people get outside and walk around, and although exercise is good, there are also important safety factors with this game. Players have been injured while using the app because they get distracted. The National Safety Council reminds players to look up, and pay attention to your surroundings when you are using Pokémon GO on your mobile device. When you get a warning message telling you to pay attention to your surroundings, do it! Distracted walking causes real injuries and players need to be aware of their surroundings, watching for danger, and following the law when playing the game.

While playing or surfing the web, be sure to use crosswalks, stay on sidewalks, stay off private property, look both ways before you cross the street, and be aware of locations where you could be attacked or robbed. Nighttime use is also a concern. Be sure to wear reflective clothing so drivers can see you.  Criminals are also taking advantage of the popularity of this game and the fact that a distracted player makes an easy target. Expensive smartphones are easy cash, so be sure to play in pairs or groups for safety.

Finally, don’t overdo your play time, or your legs will be sore. The farther you go while playing, the further you are from home. Pay attention and have fun!

Distracted Walking is Dangerous Too

This is the first major car crash caused by a person playing ‘Pokémon Go’