How to Prepare for Biohazard Cleanup Services

Biohazards are creeping their way across America. 17.2 billion upper respiratory infections occurred in 2019. Many people developed infections after exposure to biohazards, even if they weren’t aware of their exposure.

That’s why biohazard cleanup services are so important. But they can’t do everything by themselves. In order to have an effective cleanup, you need to prepare for their arrival.

How should you inform cleanup services about your emergency? What should you do to stay safe? When can you return to your home or office after an emergency?

Answer these questions and you can have a perfect office or home restoration in no time. Here is your quick guide.

Assess the Situation

Biohazards include blood, airborne viruses, sewage, and bacteria. Each hazard requires different biohazard cleaning steps and poses its own health risks. Try to determine what is going on and then contact emergency responders so you can contain the situation.

If you have a smartphone or camera, take photographs or videos so you can document what is happening. You should also call 911 and explain to the dispatcher what has occurred. Hand over all information you have to your biohazard repair crew so they know what to do.

Stay Safe

Your top priority needs to be your own safety. If people are getting sick and you don’t know why, you should go to a well-ventilated area. You should also put on a respirator or face mask so you don’t breathe in any toxic chemicals.

Tell the 911 dispatcher if anyone is sick or injured. You can use a first aid kit to treat burns, bruises, and cuts. But if you cannot move someone to safety, you need to leave them and evacuate, as you risk getting sick or injured yourself.

Get Out of the Way

Once you are in a safe location, you should not return to the scene until your biohazard cleanup services tell you that you can return. The scene may not be safe for days, if not weeks.

Do not touch anything at a crime scene. The police will check for fingerprints and DNA evidence. You may become a suspect in the investigation even if you had nothing to do with the crime.

Even after a crime scene cleanup is done, you may need to stay away from the scene. Blood can soak through walling and flooring materials and get you sick. Your cleanup crew should remove all damaged or wet materials so you’re not infected.

Get Ready for Biohazard Cleanup Services

Biohazard cleanup services require your help. See what is happening and then call 911 so first responders can treat injuries and put out fires. Call a biohazard cleanup company and let them know what is occurring.

Prioritize your own welfare and evacuate the scene. Do not touch anything, as you may cause criminal problems for yourself or get yourself sick. Remain in touch with your cleanup crew and wait to return to the scene.

Don’t wait with biohazards seeping through your home. ServiceFirst Restoration Inc. serves Orange County homeowners. Contact us today.

4 Tips for Hiring a Trauma Cleanup Company

Last year, there was a 5 percent increase in homicides in major American cities. Domestic violence and gun violence are high up on the list of homicide causes, with many of the deaths occurring at home.

After a violent crime is committed, the location of the crime contains biohazards like blood, pathogens, and other bodily fluids. Surfaces and properties that have been exposed to decomposition need to be disinfected before humans can reoccupy the space. That is what a trauma cleanup company does.

If a traumatic event has happened in your home, read on to learn how to hire the best traumatic event cleanup company.

1. Ask About Certifications and Licenses

Certifications and licenses for traumatic event cleaning companies vary from state to state, but technicians have to provide evidence of a medical waste transporter license. They should have a contract with a licensed medical waste disposal company.

The best companies are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration and the Cleaning and Restoration Association.

2. Choose Training and Expertise

A traumatic event cleanup team has to have experience removing biohazardous waste. They must have training in areas like:

  • Blood-borne pathogen training and compliance
  • Hazardous communication training and compliance
  • PPE training and compliance
  • Respiratory protection training and compliance
  • Heat-illness awareness training
  • Medical waste handling and transport training
  • OSHA training for use of ladders, machinery, scaffolding, and more

They have to also use specialized equipment and EPA-rated disinfecting solutions. When dealing with a crime scene, the team must know how to remove fingerprint powder and other investigative chemicals. There may also be residue from tear gas, pepper spray, or fire extinguishers that require specialized treatments.

3. Check References and Testimonials

The biohazard cleanup company must have references from satisfied clients. Read testimonials on reliable third-party sites like the Better Business Bureau. Look for a company that offers quality results and that does so with compassion and discretion.

4. Ask About Costs

Get a detailed quote before choosing a company. Be sure you know what services you are paying for. The company should tell you about any extra fees they may charge depending on the difficulty of the cleanup or the equipment and products they use.

Have them walk you through the cleanup process to know what to expect.

Some states offer victim relief funds to pay for trauma cleanup. If you are eligible for assistance, ensure the company you choose accepts this coverage.

Trust an Expert Trauma Cleanup Company

Turn to experts for trauma cleanup. Choose a company with years of experience, a good reputation, and the training necessary to help you after disaster strikes.

At Service First Restoration, Inc. we can offer fire damage restoration, mold remediation, water damage restoration, trauma scene cleanup, and so much more. With our dedication to offering quick and efficient services, we are just a phone call away.

Contact us today to request a visit!

Today’s Bio-hazard Remediation

Our special training, years of experience, and ongoing education make us uniquely qualified as cleaning and disinfection professionals during this unique time.

From water damage restoration and mold removal to trauma scene cleanup, we know what needs to be done and exactly how to do it.  Our biohazard remediation technicians are IICRC certified (IICRC is the leading world-wide leader in cleaning and restoration certification), and fully versed in guidelines and regulations from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), and local regulations.

Our specialists have been using personal protective equipment (PPE) for years, together with EPA registered products and IICRC procedures.  And they’re ready for immediate action — 24 hour emergency responses are routine for us.

Decontamination of the “Ordinary”

Flooding is a more common and more serious health hazard than you might think.

Despite coming from a clean source, lingering water from a plumbing or appliance failure becomes filled with bacteria, mold, and fungi within just a couple of days.  It then has to be treated as hazardous as raw sewage.  You probably know that lingering moisture often leads to mold, and its release of spores and other allergens and perhaps even toxins.  It also leads to bacterial growth, the source of any unpleasant odors.  So our water damage crews are experts in absolutely thorough cleaning and disinfection procedures.  And they have all the specialized equipment and non-consumer products for fast and effective results dealing with

  • air conditioning duct-work,
  • blinds,
  • building surfaces — floors, walls, ceilings,
  • carpets,
  • drapes,
  • furniture,
  • home and business electronics,
  • upholstery,
  • and more.

Sewage and Flood Water

Floodwater that’s been in contact with the ground is almost immediately filled with a host of microbes and parasites, often combined with pesticides and other chemical contaminants.  And it goes without saying that a raw sewage backup or toilet overflow is a serious disease risk.  It’s been shown to contain Corona viruses, although it’s not clear if they remain infectious.  So extremely detailed cleaning, disinfecting, and replacing contaminated materials is a must.  Pathogens easily become airborne, so a full range of PPE together with isolating affected areas is also a must.

Dealing with Disease

We’re also prepared for the most serious of situations — trauma scene and crime scene cleanup, unattended deaths, injury accidents, and animal infestations.  This sort of “forensic” cleaning goes several levels beyond bleach, using hospital-grade disinfectants together with detailed procedures for keeping everyone safe.


Science still has much to learn about COVID-19, so no one can really claim to be SARS-CoV-2 experts.  But we are highly-trained experts with years of experience in health-hazard related cleanup services.  That means we’re well-prepared for CDC protocols that go way beyond janitorial practices to clean and disinfect porous and non-porous surfaces alike.

To share some basics, it’s important to clean and disinfect “high-touch” surfaces every day, as frequently as possible.  These include

  • bathroom and kitchen fixtures,
  • countertops, desktops, and tabletops,
  • doorknobs,
  • elevator cars,
  • fitness equipment,
  • carpets and rugs
  • keyboards and mice,
  • laptops,
  • light-switches,
  • phones,
  • playground equipment,
  • shelving and racks
  • stair handrails
  • toilets, and
  • water fountains.

But this list is far from complete.  If people touch it or work near it, clean it!

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Whether for a washing-machine overflow, a sewage backup, or re-opening a business you can count on us to make homes and businesses clean and safe once again.

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