Organization has tips for enjoying Pokémon Go safely

Following a series of dangerous incidents around the country — including in Encinitas where two people were transferred to the hospital after one of them fell from a bluff while playing the game — Circulate San Diego has released some tips to enjoy Pokémon Go safely.

Circulate San Diego, an organization that promotes pedestrian safety and teaches thousands of school children each year how to be safe on busy streets, recognizes that “the immense popularity of the Pokémon Go mobile app is inspiring an unprecedented amount of walking and healthy physical exercise. Augmented reality games like Pokémon Go can be fun ways to inspire more physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.”

However, a small number of Pokémon Go users have injured themselves while using the game, which reinforces the need for pedestrians to be aware of their surroundings, and to be safe on streets.

To safely use Pokémon Go, the organization recommends that players, stay alert and stop to catch the Pokémon; put the phone away while crossing the street; when playing at night wear bright colors and walk with your phone flashlight function activated so they can be seen; don’t wear headphones as the game is distracting enough; cross at designated crosswalks and try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing.