What to Do Before a Biohazard Restoration Team Arrives | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona
While any type of damage should be considered dangerous and should be immediately treated by a professional restoration team, the dangers that biohazard damages present are much more dangerous than those present after fire or water damage.
Biohazard contaminants can pose an extreme health risk to anyone who comes into contact with them. Biohazards can be medical waste, biological matter or chemical materials, but regardless of what the hazard is, extreme caution should always be taken.
What to Do While You Wait for Your Biohazard Restoration Team to Arrive
The primary focus after any event involving biohazards is the safety of yourself and those around you. Safety is always the No. 1 concern after any type of damage, but especially when that damage involves hazardous materials. It is important to note the serious health consequences that can occur after exposure to biohazards—even floodwater can contain sewage and contaminants.
Evaluate whether or not it is safe for you to remain in the building with the biohazard presence, and avoid performing any action that will cause you to come into contact with it. If someone is hurt, be sure to call emergency services so they can receive the care that they need, and treat all substances as if they are contaminated just to be safe. It is best to go ahead and get into
contact with your restoration team so they can come to you quickly and avoid any potential secondary issues from arising.
What Not to Do While You Wait for Your Biohazard Restoration Team to Arrive
After an event involving biohazards, it is important to never perform any action that might expose you to a contaminated surface just in case. However, if it is safe for you to do so, there are some ways you can mitigate the damage.
If you have sewage or flooding damage, turning off the HVAC system can prevent secondary issues from arising. You should never use any appliances or electronics that have been in contact with a contaminated liquid, but you can remove things that are neighboring the contaminated area so the dangers do not spread.
If you are in need of biohazard cleanup, you can count on our expert technicians to help. We are here 24 hours a day to take your call and dispatch a response team out to you. Contact us today to learn more.