Why should abandoned buildings be secured?

So far we have been intrigued by the stories and the photographs of the abandoned places around Perth, there is a serious side to these stories that we have to consider also… Have you thought about the implications that abandoned buildings pose? Stop for a second and think about the following few points:

Trespassing – although the buildings are abandoned and its evident no one has resided on the property for years or maybe decades the issue is its private property. It is great to see the photos that people have taken that have captured the buildings in their current state but we have to remember you are breaking the law by entering the property

Accidents – Many of the older buildings are in a state of disrepair, although it may not seem obvious but you can’t be sure of what is and isn’t safe when you are exploring these premises. If you were to find yourself in danger or in a situation where you couldn’t escape you might meet a grisly end and we wouldn’t want that.

Have a look at this article http://www.koaa.com/news/fire-in-abandoned-building-from-transients-in-need-of-shelter-and-warmth-isn-t-an-uncommon-occurrence/

The story is about a vacant building in Colorado Springs in which the inside of the building caught on fire and was burnt down, the sad thing about this story is that the building was secured by the county the week prior but it appears transients (homeless people) have sought to take shelter inside to escape the cold temperatures  it appears they have lit a fire that then became out of control. No one was injured and the fire department isn’t pushing charges as the building was to be demolished.

The problem we see here in regards to the above article and what I mentioned earlier is the trespassing element, the building has been deemed unsafe for reasons not known, the transients caused an additional accident which then involved the fire fighters to risk their own lives to ensure no one was left in the building. We can see here how a harmless act of just trying to stay warm has spiralled out of control, who can be sure of their own safety let alone others for a possible exciting adventure in an abandoned building.

Do the right thing and seek permission first, it will not only ensure your safety but those of others as well.

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Why did I choose this?

Ok so you might be wondering why I have chosen to blog about places that have been abandoned? Well let me explain why! I’m fascinated by the past, I want to know what life was like for those people living in that time, Was it a hard life? What did they do? Why were they in this place? Why did they visit this place?

Imagine for a moment you are standing in a hallway of an abandoned hospital, the paint is peeling of the walls, the windows are covered in layers of dust, and the hallway just keeps on going and going, and then stop!

Close your eyes and listen……was it a children’s hospital? Perhaps you can hear children laughing and playing in the background, was it a psychiatric hospital? Can you hear the muffled voices of patients talking to themselves, or was it a rehabilitation hospital? Can you hear the encouraging words of the nurses and physiotherapists.  At one point in time everything was normal, people were working, the sun was shining, children may have been laughing, and a patient may have taken his first step. So what happened?

This is what I’m fascinated in, what was the event that took place for these once bustling places to cease operating. Why did places get abandoned? For me the one event and the one place that really sparked my interest was Chernobyl, the explosion of the reactor and the events that followed were by far the most intriguing that I have read and viewed. The townsfolk weren’t told to leave straight away; workers were recruited to help stem the flow of radioactive material, children who decades later still bear the after effects of radiation poisoning.

A city that stands alone trapped in time, in silence, no one to fill its streets, no children to laugh and play, no cars, no noise, nothing, just the sound of the breeze, the aging metal rusting, bending, breaking. The city will crumble, buildings that once stood tall will be reduced to dust,  and it will be about 600 years before man can once again populate the area but it could be up to 48,000 years before the radiation is reduced to nothing.

The place themselves fascinate me, I want to know why, how, who was there, what was it like, where did the people end up, will these places ever see life again or will they stay forever dark and alone?