Dos and Don’ts After a Contamination in Your Home

Dos and Don’ts After a Contamination in Your Home

Contaminations can happen at any time, and often take place when (and where) you least expect them. Since biohazard contaminants can pose severe health risks if not handled with great care, they should all be considered extremely dangerous and therefore there are some critical dos and don’ts when it comes to properly disinfecting contaminated spaces. From crime scenes to accidents, a once safe space could become contaminated quickly and you’ll need to know what to do and when to get professional help in order to ensure everyone is safe and sound.

Things you should do after any contamination

Here are some of the most important things to do after a space has been contaminated:

1.    It’s incredibly important to consider your safety and the safety of your loved ones if a space becomes contaminated. When in doubt, do leave immediately.

2.    Do close off the space from any visitors until it has been properly decontaminated. 

3.    Do seek outside help and avoid taking on the burden of cleaning yourself unless you are trained in the proper biohazard decontamination practices.

4.    Do assume any and all bodily fluids (including blood) are contaminated and approach them with a great deal of caution.

What not to do after a space has been contaminated

Safety is paramount, especially when it comes to your health and wellness. Here is a list of some of the most important things to avoid after a space has been contaminated: 

1.    Don’t use traditional cleaning products or appliances like Windex, 409, your household vacuum or broom to clean a space that could be contaminated. You run the risk of not only exposing yourself to the contaminant but also of spreading it throughout the space, creating more hazards than intended.

2.    Don’t leave the space open and make sure to communicate with anyone who may use the space that they need to avoid it until it is returned to a safe environment for all. 

3.    Don’t leave the space unattended unless it is locked. This is so important, especially if it is a public space or if you haven’t notified everyone who uses it on a regular basis of the risks of entering.

4.    Don’t wait to get help. Biohazards should be handled with care quickly and efficiently. If you are concerned about the costs associated with decontaminating spaces, you’ll want to consult the professional cleanup company before hiring them as they are often equipped with the expertise needed to help you navigate any insurance claim.  

Professional biohazard cleanup company in Louisiana

At Xtreme Cleaners, we are proud to be the #1 crime scene cleanup company in Louisiana with more than 20 years of experience cleaning up trauma, homicides, and other biohazard contaminations. We specialize in biohazard cleanup including everything from blood and trauma cleanup to medical waste disposal and meth lab testing and remediation. Since Louisiana is known to have the nation’s highest violent crime rate according to the FBI, it’s important to know who you can call if and when you need help.

Whether it’s a crime scene, homicide, unattended death, or just an accident that has significant blood spill, gaining peace of mind that your space is cleaned effectively and efficiently could be the difference between your safety and a potential exposure risk. As a preferred vendor for insurance companies that takes pride in providing thorough and discreet care to all of our clients, we are here 24/7 to help you and your family in your time of need. Give us a call at 800-524-9591 to learn more and get help today.