Why Crime Scenes?
Crime scenes, involving unexpected death and/or injury, are a very real part of life that come with the need for extreme caution and meticulous care during clean-up. Crime scenes oftentimes leave very serious biohazards that cannot be properly cleaned without the proper knowledge and know-how to do so. Such biohazards expose all who come in contact with them to potential bloodborne pathogens and other germs capable of inciting illness. Blood has the ability to carry multiple bloodborne pathogens including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, MRSA, and Syphilis. It is mistakenly thought that illnesses can’t survive when exposed to open air for more than 24 hours. This is true for a wide range of illnesses; however, this is not the case for all bloodborne pathogens. For example, according to OSHA, “HPV is likely to survive longer than 2 weeks, and hepatitis C virus can survive for up to two weeks” (OSHA). Not only is blood present, but oftentimes sweat, fecal matter, urine, and/or vomit is also present at these scenes. To protect the public, professional, reliable cleaning is necessary to ensure proper cleanup procedures are followed. Crime scenes can have a wide variety of potential hazards.
If tear gas was used, the area in which it was set off can cause respiratory distress for a great deal of time after the event. Tear gas, “causes severe eye and respiratory pain, skin irritation, bleeding, and blindness. In the eye, it stimulates the nerves of the lacrimal gland to produce tears” (Wikipedia). If the tear gas is not cleaned up properly, it will not go away for weeks or months on its own.
Crime scenes occur everywhere and often leave quite a large affected region needing to be decontaminated. Such areas have been sporadically exposed to blood, vomit, and other bodily fluids. These areas must be cleaned up properly to prevent odors, stains, and future issues with hazardous germs and bacteria.
Car accidents oftentimes leave a trail of blood both within the vehicles and outside on the roadway. Many times, other vehicles arrive and drive an injured person to the nearest hospital. Thus, blood and other contaminants now can affect not only the roadway and initial vehicles but also the transport vehicle as well.
Decomposition cleanup is also a severe biohazard because, during decomposition, many fluids and gasses are released. This creates a lasting impression on the area involved. Without proper cleanup, infected areas can become unlivable and a severe health hazard to all who may be exposed.
Why Professional Crime Scene Clean Up?
For the safety of those directly living in the area, professional cleaning services should be called in to assist with the clean-up whenever a potential hazard poses a direct threat. There are many potential hazards to which the public can be exposed in the wake of a crime having been committed, possibly causing illness and extreme distress to those in the direct area of the incident. Oftentimes where there is blood, there is also urine, fecal matter, vomit, and a lingering odor. Let the professionals take care of the situation properly, discreetly, and compassionately.