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Metal Detecting
Puncture wounds and cuts
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What machine is right for me
A bit about coils
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Researching using the Internet
Decoding Discrimination (Part one)
Decoding Discrimination (Part two)
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Make sure you have a current tetanus shot (vaccination).

Tetanus (or commonly called lockjaw), is a bacterial disease that affects the nervous system. It occurs when a cut or wound is contaminated by tetanus bacteria. The bacteria can enter your system by even a tiny pinprick or scratch. Deep puncture wounds or cuts like those made by nails or knives are especially susceptible to infection with tetanus. Tetanus bacteria are found throughout the world and are commonly found in soil, dust and manure. Infection with tetanus causes severe muscle spasms, leading to "locking" of the jaw so the person infected cannot open his/her mouth or swallow, and could even lead to death by suffocation. Tetanus does not sound like much fun to me!

With all that detectorists find in the ground, the chances are quite high of getting cut from glass or metal. Be careful when reaching into a hole to retrieve that find. If you do get cut, allow it to bleed a little (to help clean the wound), then apply direct pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding. If the wound is severe, check with a doctor. Even if it is not a 'bad' cut, keep a close eye on it to avoid infection. Gloves can lower the chances of getting cut, but even a leather glove can be punctured.

Hunting older places not only offers you the chance of older finds, but of higher risk of injury as well. Open wells, weakened boards, buildings, and poisonous plants are just a few things that could change a nice day in the field, into a nightmare. A board with a nail sticking up can change a nice stroll into an angonizing hobble back to your vehicle. Boards on the ground could be covering an old well, cistern or outhouse pit. If in doubt walk around the boards or carefully move them and check.

Take along a first aid kit and know how to use the items in it. When getting the kit, make sure it is appropriate for the area you are searching. There is not much of a need for a large kit while searching the schoolyard down the street, or the park across town, but if you're searching in the middle of nowhere, you will want to take more than a band-aide or two.