URBEX Health & Safety Guide

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Urban exploration is a very dangerous hobby even if it seems easy to practice. Do not be fooled by the appearance of simplicity or accessibility of an abandonment. In this article we will try to give you the keys so that you can start safely, recording a few tips to enjoy the URBEX minimizing its dangers.

Risks and Physical Hazards in the Urbex

Before entering an abandoned place you should assess the risks to which you are going to be exposed. Observe the state of roofs, floors and objects. Do not forget that as a general rule you can expose yourself to:

  • Falls from height. It is one of the main dangers that you can face. In old buildings the floors may be in poor conditions or even not exist at all at some points. Do not play it, if it does not seem safe … it probably is not. Be really careful with the wooden floors.
  • Falling objects. It is common for explorations to find sunken roof areas. Always look up, remember the advice of the previous point. If you appreciate risks of falling objects do not play for a photo.
  • Wounds and blows. Do not wait for the abandonment to be all clean and orderly, there will be many obstacles and poor illumination. Be careful with sharp objects, the tetanus vaccine may be useful.
  • Gas inhalation. This point is especially important if you plan to explore tunnels or underground abandonments. There may be toxic gases down there, or simply a shortage of oxygen. Find out, and be prepared, if your thing is to go underground you will be worth investing in a gas detector or oxygen levels. Here are some. You can see more similar equipment in our store.
  • Floods. Whenever you go to underground explorations make sure it is not in times of rain where a storm can isolate you or endanger your life. Feeling trapped underground with a flood does not have to be very pleasant experience.
  • Gangs and drug addicts. Many abandoned places have been vandalized and are now meeting points for gangs or drug exchange / consumption. Be careful and avoid entering these sites and, above all, NEVER EXPLORE ALONE this type of locations.
  • Punctures with syringes. As we have said, junkies often choose factories or abandoned houses to get high. It is common they leave their syringes lying around, their life is crap do not expect them to be civic. So be very careful where you step or what you touch.

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Legal risks in the Urbex

When you are involved in an urban exploration it is very likely that you are breaking the law, however strange it may seem. Unless you explore public sites, most sites have an owner despite being in a state of neglect. This means that the first crime you will commit is the trespass to private property. It does not matter that more people have passed before, it does not matter if you have an open access, if the police take you inside you can face a fine.

Here is a list of the laws that run the risk of infringing on your explorations, be careful and don’t get caught:

  • Trespass. Entering into a private property without authorization. No matter what intention you have or the appearance of the place.
  • Privacy violation. You are going to get involved in a private place, take pictures and then surely publish them.
  • Damage to private property. Voluntary or involuntary, they can accuse you of the damage even if it was not you if they caught you inside, then you’ll have to demostrate that it was already like that when you entered.
  • Responsibility for injuries that members of your group may suffer.
Last but not least, some personal advises for your infiltrations:

– Explore with common sense, do not risk.
– If it’s not safe do not enter.
– If there are people watching do not enter.
– If there are gangs, drug addicts or squatters do not enter.
– If you can, always explore in groups of 2 to 5 people.
– Find out beforehand about the place you are going to visit, accesses, dangers and history

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