Safety is fun because it doesn’t hurt which means safety is fun when its done right. Always be aware of the many things that can mess up your day while out metal detecting, and like ALL trouble, do your best to avoid these things. Rest assured that no matter how hard you try though, there will be some stuff that just happens anyway. Nobody can anticipate everything, and this is what makes really interesting, but also dangerous too. Make sure you do not set yourself up for danger. Use tools and methods that you have studied and practised with. Be aware of power lines both above and below ground, Poisonous plants, snakes, and especially the possibility of old wells. Many times the latter occurrences are well grown over and invisible to the eye. Sometimes they are manifest as a lush area where one would expect to find some sort of water oasis. Wells are around all old houses and many times were hand dug and deep. Any wood coverings are generally rotted wood but may still retain some shape. Ghost towns are rife with this type of thing. Wear gloves whenever possible, and to be aware of the suns desiccating and radioactive effects on you. Drink plenty of water whenever doing anything outside in the heat. Conversely, extreme cold is something to be VERY careful about, especially if one happens to get wet by accident. Finally, perception and concentration are your greatest assets when doing anything, especially metal detecting. By exercising those two attributes you will find a lot more and live a lot longer.
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Be careful whenever you are digging. Be especially alert for chemical spills. A little bit is just part of the game, but care SHOULD be taken not to overexpose oneself to things like transformer oils, which are sometimes in the ground below exploded electric line transformers. By virtue of your metal detecting you will learn the looks of many places, and from the finds, you will know ok this is where the shed was, or this is where they worked on cars…use common sense and also your nose to detect strong chemical smells when digging a detected target.
Metal Detectors and Adverse Operations
High Power Electromagnetic Emitters, electrical lines and towers, affect the operation of metal detectors, sometimes radically. The effect of these fields has always been detrimental to the operation of my machines.
Metal Detecting In The Water Safety First
While wading and metal detecting, use the coil to feel ahead of where you walk, and a good system is to detect around your self in a circle, as you methodically move in one direction, like along a shoreline. There is a lot of overlap in that process, and thatєs a nice thing, especially in water, where sight is nowhere near as useful as on land. Avoid stepping directly down. This also clears the area of anything that might be a hazard or at least lets you know of obstructions, and the more methodical searching will reap greater rewards in finds. On detector coils that get a lot of water use, it is good to protect them with extra covers whenever possible, and other modifications can and should be made to make the detector meatier, better able to handle the rough environment of the water for a longer period of time. Except when absolutely necessary, refrain from modifying any detector with metal.