Vinita – While the “Pokémon Go” game continues to capture the interest of people all across the country, the Grand River Dam Authority is joining with other electric utilities in offering a simple safety reminder.
“We just want to remind people to stay clear of substations, generating facilities, power lines and any other areas where fencing and signage are in place to keep you safe and separated from the potential dangers of high voltage electricity, high waters or other hazards,” said GRDA Corporate Communications Director Justin Alberty. “Good luck catching them all, but just stay safe and aware of your surroundings as you do it.”
According to Wikipedia, “Pokémon Go” is a location-based augmented reality mobile game that allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon. By utilizing both GPS and cameras on mobile devices, these creatures appear as if they were in the real world. However, in the real world, players need to be aware of their surroundings.
Alberty said his organization has not had any issues with “Pokémon Go” players at its facilities but simply wanted to join utilities across the nation in sharing this message as a precaution.
Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency.