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.
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.
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