5 ways to help stay safe whilst urban exploring…

Author sophos9 - Last updated: 20.08.2009

Urban exploration is a completely wild hobby and whilst the majority of missions experience no problems, there are occasions which might compromise your security. Here are 5 ways to help identify and reduce the risk from some of these occasions…


5. Consider the building structure

Many of the derelict abandonments that we like to go and explore are usually rotten and decayed, the obvious repercussion being structural and flooring collapse. There are lots of tell-tale signs that things may have decayed beyond the point of taking weight so check out the roof, is there evidence of leakage – if so, the water may have softened the floor boards. Joists are usually ran towards the wall space less than 0.5 meters, try and make a best guess and walk along the joists. Also worth checking walls before leaning/climbing, usually a body weight push will highlight any shortfalls in structure


4. What about injury?

Scratches, cuts, grazes are all easily dealt with – normally the issue is not the wound itself however its the high potential of infection afterwards. that causes problems Larger puncture wounds and lacerations can be much more problematic, climbing through windows, climbing buildings and walls increase the risk of a fall, land on some glass and you might have a problem. It may seem obvious however a bit of first aid awareness and a


#1manof2worldsAugust 21, 2009, 7:42 am

Cool advice – duly noted.

#2LumpyAugust 21, 2009, 7:45 am

Very good guide Sophos, I usually take my my phone and log GPS details into it and let someone know where I am and when ill be back. I had a situation once where i was lost in a bunker and couldn`t get out. Quite hair-raising at the time.

#3Nicholas B. GervinFebruary 24, 2011, 2:38 am

One thing I do as I explore alone is to walk through the location once and make sure its clear of bums, junkies and or security. Once clear I then bust out my camera gear. Also, I inform someone I can trust where I am going and what I am doing. I have them call me in about 2 to 3 hours, just to check in.

Great 5 tips for safety !

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