DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — CHELCO and other utility companies are asking Pokémon Go players to avoid electric substations, power plants and other electric equipment.

The smartphone-based augmented reality game sends players to real-world places to “catch” digital monsters, which appear everywhere from grocery stores to hospitals.

But they’re also appearing at electric substations, drawing players into dangerous situations.

“Electric utilities cannot control where the Pokémon appear, and players should make sure they catch their Pokémon from a safe distance,” CHELCO Director of Communications Ashley Williams said.

“Any game or activity that distracts people from the possible dangers around them, and potentially brings them in proximity to our electric equipment and lines, is a major concern for all us.”

CHELCO encourages parents of children who play the game to talk to them about safety around electricity.

Remember these electrical safety tips from CHELCO:

●Never touch electric equipment, including transformers and power lines.

●Never touch a downed power line. Assume all lines are energized and dangerous.

●Never climb utility poles.

●Never enter an electric substation.