Play safe with Pokémon Go, cautions City of Brampton

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Have fun, and play safe! The City of Brampton has cautioned residents that safety must come first, and capturing Pokémon second, when using the popular new Pokémon Go smartphone app.

When people play safely, the app provides a great opportunity to get out and explore the city. Users can find Pokémon in city parks and trails, at historical sites, and along the streets they travel daily.

The app has users collecting Pokémon characters that appear in a virtual playing space that corresponds to the real world. Unlike other video games, this one encourages users to leave home and walk around.

Players are asked to be respectful of where they are when out tracking down Pokémon. While fire stations, hospitals, businesses and City buildings may be popular “PokéStops”, it is vital that players stay away from emergency driveways and doors.

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“We have seen players gathering in emergency vehicle driveways, and that’s a safety concern for us,” said Brampton Fire Chief Michael Clark. “PokéStops don’t stop real-life fire trucks – these vehicles need to quickly leave fire stations. Have fun, be alert and be safe – don’t be a PokéStat!”

Safety tips for app users:
• Pay attention to where you are and who is around you
• Keep your head up (not looking down at the app) while crossing streets, getting off buses, or walking
• Stay clear of areas at fire, police and paramedic stations where emergency vehicles come and go frequently.
• Don’t use the app while driving/biking/skateboarding
• Stay out of private property, dark alleys, or areas that you usually would not go if you weren’t playing the game. – CINEWS

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