Safety Considerations

Safety is a Top Priority

1) Good boots, preferably thick leather and/or steel-toed, should be worn in rough terrain, such as on steep hillsides, road cuts, or quarries. Hard hats may also be required in quarries.

2) Safety glasses or goggles should be worn when breaking rocks.

3) Never collect near vertical walls, overhangs, edges of cliffs, unstable shelves, or any other dangerous areas, whether posted or not. Be aware of those above and below you, to avoid accidents from falling or rolling rocks.

4) Stay away from all wires, plastic devices, and other items that could be remains of explosives or detonators.

5) Stay away from all quarry or road building machinery and vehicles, whether moving or not.

6) Leave each site as you found it. Gates should be left open or closed according to how they were found, unless the property owner directs otherwise. Check to ensure you have all your tools.

7) A properly fitted PFD (life jacket) is required to participate in a boat trip.

8) Be cautious in rapidly moving water, tie safety ropes as required.

9) Keep a close eye on any children present, especially your own.

10) Pets may or may not be allowed on trips, ask the trip leader. All pets must be leashed or in a vehicle, and be closely watched by the owner. Keep the pet away from members who may have phobias or allergies.

11) Notify the trip leader or any director if you see any questionable or dangerous activity.

12) Be careful where you reach. Snakes, spiders, or insects may be under or between rocks.

13) There are alligators in Alabama, keep an eye out for them, especially around water.