October 25, 2020

Carroll EMC warns Pokémon Go Players

(Franklin) — Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative and other utilities are reminding players of Pokémon Go to stay away from electric substations, power plants and other electric equipment.

The new smartphone-based augmented reality game sends players into real world places to “catch” Pokémon.

Pokémon turn up everywhere—from grocery stores to hospitals. In addition, they’re also appearing at electric substations, drawing players into dangerous situations.

“Electric utilities cannot control where the Pokémon appear, and players should make sure they catch their Pokémon from a safe distance,” said Tim Martin, CEO of Carroll EMC.

“Any game or activity that distracts people from the possible dangers around them and potentially brings them in proximity to our electric equipment and lines is a major concern for all utilities.”

Chet Steele, Safety and Training Director of Carroll EMC, advises that those whose who play Pokémon Go stay out of harm’s way.

“Pokémon Go players need to stay away from Electrical Distribution Substations,” said Steele.

Remember these important electrical safety tips from Carroll EMC as you try to #CatchEmAll:

  • Never touch electric equipment, including transformers and power lines.

  • Never touch a downed power line. Assume all lines are energized and dangerous.

  • Never climb utility poles.

  • Never enter an electric substation.

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