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Avista: 'Don't try to capture Pokemon near electrical equipment'

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You know how you buy a product and find a warning label on it that just seems kinda ridiculous?

Like a warning label on the gas cap of a jet ski that says "Never check gas levels with a lit match or an open flame." As Nic Cage might say:

Or a warning label on a hair dryer that urges you not to use the product while sleeping. Jackie Chan sees that and says:

Have you ever noticed a warning label on your carton of eggs that says "Product may contain eggs"? Patrick from Spongebob and the fan who couldn't believe The Undertaker lost at Wrestlemania 30 read that and are like:

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You see these things and you say, "No duh!" But they are on there for a reason, right? At some point, something happened that made these warning necessary. 

In case you hadn't noticed, the world has been taken over by Pokemon Go and apparently something happened somewhere for Avista to feel compelled to remind gamers to stay away from their electrical equipment while trying to capture Pokemon. 

"Electrical equipment is very dangerous, so never enter an electric substation, climb a pole, get near a transformer, or interfere with any electrical infrastructure or facility," Avista said in a statement on Friday. "Also, never enter a fenced area with natural gas equipment. It isn’t worth risking injury or your life for a capture." 

That all seems extremely obvious, and perhaps it's just a little preventative reminder, but in case you needed it, there you go. Don't try and capture Pokemon next to power plants that have enough voltage to contain the T-Rex from Jurassic Park. We all saw what happened when they turned the power on while little Tim was climbing the fence. He survived, but that was movie magic. He would've been most definitely fried to a crisp in real life. And if you go hunting Pokemon in Avista's substations, you could be too. So, stay out, stay alive. 

On the flip side, one Seattle-based insurance company is asking that if you're going to play Pokemon, at least know your insurance coverage. 

"But I'm 12," you might be saying. Doesn't matter. Know it your insurance coverage. 

"Common sense is the best protection against any unintended consequences of playing the game," the release from Northwest Insurance Council said. "If injury or property damage does occur because of a distracted player, it’s most likely covered with the right insurance."

So stay out of electrical substations, and make sure you're fully covered through your insurance company before playing. 

Catch em all everyone!

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