Fulton and Urban Exploring Tips
I just love urban exploring; I can’t get enough of it. These pictures are from when I went wandering around Fulton Gas Works here in Richmond with a friend of mine.
Pro tip: Always bring a trusted friend
If you do take the risk of going exploring in ruins, remember to always take a trusted friend and always be ready for the unexpected. You never know if you may come across an aggressive animal, a person’s living space, or accidentally get injured on the dilapidation.
Pro tip: Do not escalate random encounters
It’s always a possibility that an abandoned building or space may have someone living in it, whether temporary or more permanently. If you come across someone, make sure to let them know you mean them no harm. If they tell you to leave, do so. Don’t risk getting seriously hurt by someone upset that you’re in their sleeping quarters just for some good photos.
Pro tip: Watch where you walk at all times
When it comes to accidental injuries, keep an eye out for caved-in ceilings, rusted ladders, missing ladder rungs or steps on a staircase, holes in the floor, broken glass, and various debris that you could trip over in the dark. Make sure every step you make is deliberate and your footing is stable. If you do this you can decrease your potential for accidental injuries drastically.
Pro tip: Get a tetanus shot and always carry a flashlight
Make sure you’ve had a tetanus shot within the past 10 years–it is very benefitial if you happen to step on a nail or get cut by rusted metal. And ALWAYS make sure you take a flashlight and extra batteries with you.