I am not going to turn this thread into what I believe is important but offer a small contribution. I hope others will add with their own taste of common sense as criteria to a final choice on where to investigate.
I will concentrate in one area of concern.
Personal Health Concerns
I am seeing more and more exploration into abandoned buildings or institutions long forgotten. This may be tempting to investigate as they hold history and mystique but there may be latency consequences if research is inadequately performed.
I know of a sanitarium that has not been used for over a quarter of a century but the structure dates much further back where asbestos was used as insulation. The walls are broken and exposed waiting for a long-term victim to enter with curiosity.
Asbestos exposure: The primary risk factor for mesothelioma
You do not want this disease. It is incurable and it can take 20 to 40 years or more for mesothelioma to develop after asbestos exposure.
I cannot stress enough the importance of healthy lungs. I am a casualty of COPD. I can speak with experience.
Here is my short story of a brush with a toxic environment while investigating.
Our team took on a new member after one of our presentations. He was very experienced (or so we thought) and had several appearances on television as the tech manager for a prestigious paranormal team.
Much like other teams, we were always on the lookout for new locations. We adhered to protocols in selection. Other than research, we would schedule a preliminary scouting as part of our routine but we waved it this time because of the new member’s credentials. We assumed the proper inspections were performed by this recognized team.
The location was an abandoned tire company occupying several floors in a desolate part of a large city in CT. Our setups were mostly hardwired with dedicated cabling of both video cameras and microphones. We homebased typically 100 feet plus from where the cameras and microphones were located.
The top floor consisted of broken windows beyond repair aiding the depositing of gulls bathroom duties. The floor was disgusting which ruled out even the remote possibility of even a single camera or microphone. We settled on wiring the second floor and home basing on the first.
Dropping cables on the floor and feeding them back to the home base was eye opening. The floor was so heavily ladened with dust and dirt, as we fed the cables back to home base they would literally disappear from eyesight.
Our investigation reaped no physical evidence, but our health was heavily tampered with. I was forced to see a doctor with difficulty in breathing. Three days later, I returned to work. No doubt, my lungs might be overly sensitive because of my COPD but one other member developed a cough immediately after that did not dissipate for several months.
Please don’t endanger your health in exchange for investigation.
So what’s your suggestions? I am sure everyone has something to contribute here. Even the experienced can learn from others. Greetings my friends....
Edited by EVP, 21 October 2018 - 03:43 AM.