Each year, a number of people are killed – in 2012 there were 15 reported deaths, mostly by drowning – or injured in abandoned mines on public and private lands nationally. The Forest Service works to minimize the human health and safety hazards of abandoned mines while preserving the historic and wildlife habitat resources they provide. But you are responsible for your own safety.
Abandoned mines can be above or below ground. Both are extremely dangerous and pose the following safety hazards:
- Loose or falling rock
- Unstable ground
- Old explosives
- Hazardous chemicals
- Water-filled pits
- Dangerous animals and insects
Entering an abandoned mine can lead to serious injuries, and even death.
Stay out, and stay alive.
Learn more about mines
Remember: You are responsible for your own safety and for the safety of those around you.