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Mining Safety
Prospecting can be a fun and rewarding hobby, but safe practices must still be considered. We all want to forget there can be dangers involved, but the tragic deaths of three young men near Fresno reminded us that it could happen. Some things might seem like common sense, but we should never take shortcuts when possible danger is involved. Below are just a few "common sense" items to remember when prospecting.

  •  Always take a buddy along
  •  Tell someone at home EXACTLY where you are going and when you plan to return
  •  Stay out of old mines and caves
  •  Don't venture into remote areas without  another vehicle along
  •  Practice good water safety
  •  Avoid disturbing wildlife and know  what to do if bit
  •  Bring basic supplies: water, snacks, first aid
  •  Keep a tool kit in car and cell phone/charger
  •  Chains in winter, fire extinguisher in summer
  •  Safety check vehicle before trip, air up spare
  •  Check the weather before departing,  and prepare accordingly

Basic safety involves planning ahead and not taking chances. With a little forethought, you can enjoy your trip prospecting, and if you run into problems, you will be prepared to deal with them safely and with less frustration. The following link is geared toward industrial mining but has a lot of great safety information. There is even a kid's area with safety and interesting history. Mining Safety at www.msha.govType your paragraph here.