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BDSM safety issues and rules for safe play

21 July 1997

Ten rules to live by, taken in short from "Screw the Roses. Send me the Thorns" ...

  1. Be skilled at every bondage you undertake

    Risk is unavoidable, however basic the bondage. Keep this in mind when you do your scenes

    Anticipate obvious hazards. The unforeseen happens all the time in bondage scenes, from beds breaking to neighbours calling, kids interrupting, etc

    Learn basic pulse sites of the body and always fit bondage snugly, not tightly, until you have more experience

  2. Ropes, etc., should mostly be snug not tight. Make sure you can easily slip a finger under the ropes, chains or scarves you are using

    If your bondage is too easily escapable change or alter your technique rather than making it tighter. Most times a few extra twists can resolve any weakness without making things uncomfortable or risky

  3. Determine how long each bondage can be endured and watch the clock

    Begin testing new bondages for around 10 to 15 minutes at a time before working up to longer periods

  4. Submissives - never let any one you do not know or trust tie you up. You are literally placing your life in their hands

  5. As with any S&M process, negotiate the scenes before hand, negotiate which bondages will take place and clearly outline both submissive and Dominant limits

  6. Agree upon, and practice, a "safeword" before you begin

  7. Never cross pulse points with direct pressure from ropes. Pulse points are located on the wrists, inner-upper thigh and throat

  8. Never use a chain or rope around the front of a submissive's throat and avoid this area and avoid placing pressure on this area during play

  9. Keep a heavy pair of scissors handy to cut your submissive's bonds should anything go wrong

  10. Always keep watch over a bound submissive, check constantly for numbness, discolouration and cold skin in case, and as, circulation deteriorates

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