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The July 2010 issue of 'Treasure Hunting' magazine contains an article entitled "Safety First - How boring is that?" Well, boring it may be, but if we wish to continue our enjoyment of metal detecting the issues in this article have to be taken seriously. This page on 'health and safety' covers some of the points mentioned and some that are not. Some are common sense, some can easily be overlooked. Take a look, especially if you are new to metal detecting.

Lyme disease :- The August 2007 issue of 'Treasure Hunting' ( page 26 ) mentions lyme disease under the heading 'Menace in the undergrowth'.  What is it? Well click here and find out.

Take care when digging :-  Wear gloves, - the thicker the better. Common sense will tell you the likelihood of encountering a sharp object. Beware of the corrosion product of metals, particularly the white powdery oxide frequently found on lead. Click here for examples of the sort of objects often encountered.

Weever Fish :- We are mostly aware of the dangers and risks of detecting on the beach, but don't forget the Weever Fish (or Weever). This fish has poisonous spines along its back and lies half buried in the sand at low tide.  Step on one of these with bare feet and you will not be a happy bunny. Medical attention is advisable! See or  'Beware of the Weeverfish!' at    or search for  "weever fish" in Google and read on.

Microbes in the soil :- What do we find in the soil? Hookworms, Anthrax, Tetanus, Histopiasmosis, Legionnaires Disease, Leptospirosis (Weil's Disease), Meningitis, Mucormycosis, Nocardiosis, and Allergic Fungal Sinusitis (AFS ). These are Fungal and Bacterial diseases that can be picked up through the soil. Some can cause very serious illness. To minimise the risk, any scratches sores or open wounds should be covered before going detecting. A waterproof plaster is probably all that is required. If you get a cut or scratch while you are detecting, wash the area thoroughly ( use an antiseptic on the area if you have one ( TCP ) and cover the cut/abrasion with a waterproof plaster/bandage. Wash your hands thoroughly before handling food!  Also,  if I may take the liberty of quoting from a discussion on,   -   "If you feel unwell a day or so after a dig (i.e. heavy flu like symptoms), got to your doctors and tell them that you have been digging on open farmland. It is probably nothing to worry about, but may mean that a few extra tests are done."