Seven safety tips to help you avoid the ER while you play Pokémon Go

You may have heard of the multitude of accidents and injuries that have happened because of the Pokémon Go craze and the ER staff at StoneSprings Hospital Center wants to remind you to “catch responsibly.”

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As Pokémon Go fever continues to spread across the country, trainers of all ages are out in force trying to catch all the Pokémon they can. One thing you don’t want to catch, however, is an unnecessary trip to the ER.

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As you or your child immerse yourself in the world of Pokémon Go, where you are able to capture, train and battle your Pokémon against other players at gyms, don’t forget you’re in the real world too! You may have heard of the multitude of accidents and injuries that have happened because of the Pokémon Go craze and the ER staff at StoneSprings Hospital Center wants to remind you to “catch responsibly.”

Here are 7 safety tips for your Pokémon quest:

  • Always stay aware of your surroundings. Being aware can prevent you or your child from tripping or falling. Sometimes it's better to leave the foraging Pokémon alone in a construction site. Some people have even fallen into rivers and off cliffs playing the game, so it’s important to be aware at all times.
  • Don't catch and drive. Don’t try to operate the app while you're driving, for yours and others' safety. If your child isn’t old enough to drive, encourage them not use the app while riding their bike or skateboarding.
  • Avoid private residences and businesses. Trespassing onto private property or businesses can be dangerous, especially at night. Make sure you are welcome at a location before entering. In particular, avoid going into hospitals or police stations so you or your child do not interfere with their important duties.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. As tempting as it may be, don’t go into the street while trying to catch a Pokémon. Don’t forget to follow all traffic rules and regulations!
  • Avoid going to Pokéstops alone. If your child is interested in Pokémon Go, make sure you remind them about stranger danger. The app occasionally draw strangers together in real life at conveniently located "Pokéstops." Make sure your child is always with you or with a group of other children they know while traveling to Pokéstops.
  • Hydrate early and often. Stay hydrated while exploring, especially in this July heat. Take all the normal precautions you would if you were taking your child to a park on a hot day.
  • Apply sunblock as needed. Similarly, don’t forget to put on sunblock while out on your hunt!

This is not an exhaustive list of ways to protect yourself, so, always use your best judgement, follow the law, and your doctor’s orders.

StoneSprings Hospital Center wishes you good luck on your Pokémon quest!