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"Latvia" Former Soviet Union Military Bases
 
Safety Information for Exploring –
Old or Abandoned Structures, Abandoned Former Soviet Union Military Bases or Sites
 
While you are visiting Liepāja and the Kurzeme Area and your excursions include exploring old and abandoned structures or former Soviet Union Military Sites and Bases one must use great caution when doing so, especially if you are going to explore the interior of these structure. Depending on the structures and the condition it is in, caution should be used before entering the structure. For there and likely will be trash or materials from the structure laying on the floor.
 
Again depending on the structure and nature of the structure or what it was used for there could be other hazards around and laying on the floor. If it is a former military structure, there could be hazards materials residue on the floors and walls. These could be boards laying on the floor with rusty nails protruding from them, there could have even had radioactive materials stored in them in the past there could even have or have had hazardous waste stored with its residue left over's still inside the structure. 
 
Another thing to remember when exploring the exterior or interior of these structures is to wear usable or proper clothing for the area and especially foot wear. Shoes with thick soles are recommended and definitely not tennis shoes or sandals. Remember you are exploring old and abandoned structures and not taking a walk along the beach. Some of these former military structures or the areas around them, you may come across unexploded ordnances or shells. If you come across one, "DO NOT" pick it up or even handle it. For with age, they become unstable and could go off in your hand. 
 
This is another reason if you are going to explore any old or abandoned structure or former Soviet Military Bases or Sites, it is "Highly Recommended"  that you have a local guide with you while exploring these structures, for they are familiar with the structures and the area surrounding the structures and their hazards. 
 
While exploring old abandoned structures or former military sites, you may come across Hazardous Warning Signs or Symbols. If you should come across one of these signs or symbols you should take heed of their warning. For they were put in place for a reason be it from the past occupant(s) or because of current hazardous. Another thing to remember is Soviet Union Missile and Air Bases housed Nuclear Weapons. Even through these weapons have long been removed one still should use caution when handling unknown items that maybe found while exploring these sites. 
 
Beside all this, these structures and areas are well worth exploring, for they are a part of our history.
 
Have a safe excursion!
 
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Revised: 02/11/2013 – 16:04:04