Saturday, April 4, 2020
Some people have been asking about metal detecting in this period of COVID 19. First of all, let’s all follow Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107. (https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-107.pdf ) Especially Section 2 which does allow outdoor activities with appropriate social distancing. But keep in mind the purpose of remaining at home is to limit the spread of the virus as much as possible.
Let me set you an example of what could happen. You decide to go out digging for a bit, so you get in your car to go to the woods where there is not one around. On the way home, you notice you need to stop for gas. While you are there, you decide to hit the restroom. And then you stop at McDonald’s drive-in for something to eat because detecting can make you hungry. Well when you hand over your credit card to the gas station attendant, he may be wearing gloves but he is wearing the same gloves he has touched everyone else’s credit card. And the pump that all the other attendants use after they have touched credit cards. Same thing at the drive thru. And let’s not even talk about the restroom. “No problem” you think, “I’ll wear disposable gloves”. Here’s the problem. Once you touch any possibly contaminated surface, that is anything anyone else has touched, your gloves are contaminated. So anything you touch, your phone, your keys, whatever, is now contaminated. Also, when you go to remove the disposable gloves do NOT touch the contaminated outside of the gloves with your bare skin! Pull off the first glove and then reach under the cuff of the other glove with your bare finger to pull off the second glove. Then wash your hands anyway. Remember that restroom stop? You might want to take off any shoes you wore outside and disinfect them before you bring them inside. Spray them with a disinfectant spray Also, change your clothes and wash them ASAP.
Masks are another matter. The primary purpose of a mask is to prevent you from infecting others BUT they can prevent others from infecting you by stopping you from inhaling any airborne droplets. It is important thought that our mask fit correctly. It must cover bothe your mouth and nose. And it must seal to your face all the way around.
Is this overkill? Not really, Virologists talk about vectors of transmission. Every surface you touch exposes you to every other person who has touched that surface or has sprayed a droplet on it. You then become a vector every time you touch something.
In the end, it is an individual decision to go detecting with the responsibility to limit the transmission of Corona Virus as much as possible.
at 5:16 PM
Monday, February 17, 2020
Hi, this is Bob writing this and I want to start with a disclaimer. I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice.
You know sometimes you are asking for permission to search a property and the property owner suddenly gets cold feet and says “What if somebody gets hurt?” Well. It turns out the New Jersey has a law that protects the property owner in just that case, Title 2A- Administration of Civil and Criminal Justice Section 2A:42A states that property owners can not be held liable if someone gets injured on their property if they have given permission to engage in a recreational activity.
First let’s start with 2A:42A-5.1. Liberal construction (https://law.justia.com/codes/new-jersey/2013/title-2a/section-2a-42a-5.1/ ). This section the law is specifically written to persuade property owners ”that might otherwise be reluctant to do so for fear of liability, to permit persons to come onto their property for sport and recreational activities.” So it seems like the lawmakers were looking out for us here.
Next, The law states the property owner has no duty to keep the premises safe or even warn you of dangers! So it falls on us, the detectorist to keep our selves safe. The next paragraph in the law states that the property owner giving the permission does NOT “assume responsibility for or incur liability for any injury to person or property caused by any act of persons to whom the permission is granted.“ In other words, if you get hurt, even if you fall in a hole that you weren’t told about, you can not hold the property owner responsible. (https://law.justia.com/codes/new-jersey/2013/title-2a/section-2a-42a-3/ )
So, if you are asking permission and the property owner is hesitant, tell him NJ State law says the you, the detectorist, are solely responsible for your safety and can not hold the property owner responsible. It may make a difference and lead to your next bucket list find.
at 4:59 PM