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Re: What hazards could you face while doing Urbex? < Reply # 21 on 10/10/2017 5:43 PM > | Reply with Quote
Falling down stairs Falling in holes Falling through floors Falling over creepy af objects left behind Falling over your own tripod Falling into water Thorn bushes Stingers Poison Ivy (US only) Ticks (US only) Hobos Drug addicts Groups of 'youths' Broken glass Broken wood Broken metal Lead paint Lead chromate Black mould Bird poo Bats Snakes Feral dogs Police Security Nosey local residents Things falling from ceilings The wrath of your mother if you're not home in time for tea Asbestos
If you're worried enough about even just a few of those things perhaps it's better to take up fishing.
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Re: What hazards could you face while doing Urbex? < Reply # 23 on 10/11/2017 2:14 AM > | Reply with Quote
Posted by Rusty Canadian What bothers me the most when exploring is unexpected magnitude 8.9 earthquakes... You never know when one can occur especially if you're located in Southern Ontario (known for these big earthquakes). Imagine: You walking a severely rotten floor ready to fall under you as it caves in but it gets disrupted by an earthquake that takes down the whole building... You'd be stuck under the rubbles and practically no one will be looking for you That's why I always bring a siesmic meter with me!
I don't think you are the only one that worries about that. We explore places where rotten and fractured timbers hold everything up. We often have to be careful not to touch them for fear of a collapse. An earthquake could be a real killer. One really large mine that we spent weeks exploring was near a pretty severe earthquake that occurred a couple of years back. We haven't had the opportunity to go back and see if any of the areas had collapsed. Areas of that mine were very fragile prior to the earthquake so I wouldn't be surprised if there were some large areas lost to the quake.
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"So what do you do for fun?" Oh I go in abandoned buildings and take pictures.
Re: What hazards could you face while doing Urbex? < Reply # 25 on 10/11/2017 4:36 PM > | Reply with Quote
Each site has its own hazards.
Abandoned buildings: -Hellholes, often from water damage -Sketchy stairs and ladders -Mold/Asbestos/Bacteria/chemicals/other airborne nasties -Sketchy people who want to steal your money to buy crack -Loose building materials above you just waiting to make you wish you had a hard hat -The fuzz/security guards -Slipping hazards -Sharp objects -Crazy Critters -Flammable substances -Getting locked in **Bad air is generally a non-issue in abandoned buildings but take caution of areas that are not well ventilated or confined spaces
Use good judgement. If you see a sketchy person, leave and come back later, if you see broken glass in a window, don't climb through it.
Drains: -Hellholes, waterfalls, etc -You will probably slip and fall at least once -Don't trust the ladders (it's a trap) -BAD AIR x 1000 - read one of our threads on it -Animals/bugs -Squatters -Bacteria from CSOs or other -Chemicals from illegal dumpers -Cops are not a huge issue but it has happened -Your flashlight dying - bring a backup and batteries
Subway tunnels -Trains -Homeless people -3rd rail -Bad air is unlikely -Iron dust etc
This is not entirely comprehensive but it covers most of it. Like I said, use good judgement and you **should** be safe. But don't interpret that to mean Urbex is without risks, because it definitely isn't. Any of these things can surprise you when you least expect it so all you can do is prepare before hand.
Try to read some threads about the type of location you're going to before you go because it will really give good insight to things you may not have thought of.
Good luck and happy exploring!
Are we living a life that is safe from harm? Of course not, we never are. But that's not the right question. The question is, are we living a life that is worth the harm?