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Media Release - Don’t be a PokéStat: Safety first. Capture Pokémon second.


​BRAMPTON, ON: Have fun, and play safe! The City of Brampton cautions 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.

“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

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About Brampton: The ninth-largest city in Canada, Brampton celebrates a diverse population that represents people from 209 distinct ethnic backgrounds who speak 89 different languages. Brampton residents and visitors have access to state-of-the-art recreation facilities and one of the fastest-growing transit systems in Canada. Opened in 2007, Brampton Civic Hospital is part of the William Osler Health System, which is one of the largest community hospitals in Canada. For more information, visit www.brampton.ca or follow @CityBrampton on Twitter.


MEDIA CONTACT
Natalie Stogdill
Media Coordinator
City of Brampton
905.874.3654 | natalie.stogdill@brampton.ca