Safety is fun because it doesn’t hurt which means safety is fun when it’s done right. Always be aware of the numerous things that can mess up your day while out metal detecting, and like with 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 foresee everything, and this is what makes detecting really interesting, but also dangerous. Make sure you do not set yourself up for danger. Use tools and methods that you have studied and practised. Be aware of power lines both above and below ground, poisonous plants, snakes, and especially the presence of old wells. Sometimes all these unpleasant cases are marked as a lush area where one would expect to find a body of water. Wells can be found around all old houses and many times they are pretty deep. Any wood coverings are generally rotten, but may still retain some shape. Ghost towns are full of this type of thing. Wear gloves whenever possible, and mind potential 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 abilities you will find a lot more, and live a lot longer.
Be careful whenever you are digging. Be especially alert about chemical spills. A little bit is just part of the game, but care SHOULD be taken not to overexpose oneself to things like machine oils, which can sometimes be found in the ground below damaged power transmission line. With time, as you metal detect, 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 to detect around yourself in a circle, as you methodically move in one direction, like along a shoreline. There is a lot of overlap in that process, and that’s 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 more methodical searching will bring greater rewards in finds. If the detector coil can be damaged by long search in water, use additional covering for it.