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Paramedics warn Pokemon Go players to keep safe

July 15, 2016 | in News, Public Safety

We know the new Pokemon Go game is very popular and Victorians are heading to parks and other public places to catch Pokemon on their smart devices.

We would encourage budding Pokemon trainers to be aware of their surroundings at all times. This means looking where you are walking, checking both ways before you cross the street and being aware of traffic and other people around you. We know smart devices can be engrossing and leave you unaware of what is going on around you and this can be when accidents happen.

It is not worth hurting yourself trying to catch a Charmander or Pidgey. Your safety is more important than your score.

Paramedics have attended two cases in recent days where people were injured while “catching Pokemon’’.

In the first case, a man in his 20s was reportedly assaulted in a suburban Melbourne park on Wednesday night.  He was treated by paramedics for an upper body injury and taken to hospital in a stable condition.

In the second case, a man aged in his 20s was riding his skateboard in suburban Melbourne while “catching Pokemon” early on Thursday when he fell and injured his leg. He was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital in a stable condition.

There was the potential for both men to be more seriously injured and we are glad that this was not the case.