When the developers were making the game we are sure they had good intentions, and didn’t quite realise the potential health and safety risks that could be involved in an augmented reality game such as Pokemon Go. However since its inception there has been a number of injuries, and even deaths.
The game is obviously safe, as long as you follow a few simple rules.
- Be aware of your surroundings.This is the most important rule by far. The game encourages you to walk around while looking down at your phone, this has led to people walking into roads and getting hit by cars and even falling off cliffs. It is easy to get carried away when playing the game, however it is vital to retain some sense of situational awareness.
- Be aware of your situation.Thieves and, to a lesser extent, kidnappers are now taking advantage of the game. There are certain, isolated spots where rare Pokemon are found, or where Pokestops and Gyms are in which thieves will lie in wait for isolated players before holding them at knifepoint and stealing their phones. Always be aware of your personal situation and how isolated you are before heading down that dark alley.
- Be realistic.At the end of the day, it is a game, but footage has emerged of swarms of people flooding motorways in order to capture Pokemon. This seems like an almost nonsensical situation: cars often travel around 80mph on motorways and all it takes is one driver that is not quite paying enough attention to cause a huge amount of damage and injuries. Is the game worth paying that price?
Obviously all at OJ Health and Safety encourage people to have fun and to head out of the house and explore, we just hope those that do, do so in the company of others and stay aware of their situation.
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