In times of crisis, first responders are our heroes. They arrive swiftly at the scene of accidents, suicides, homicides, and unattended deaths to provide immediate assistance and care. However, once their work is done, another crucial step remains: the safe and thorough cleanup of biohazardous materials, such as blood and bodily fluids, left behind. This is where professionals like T.A.C.T. (Trauma and Casualty Team) come into play. In this blog, we'll explore why it's essential to call experts like T.A.C.T. after first responders have left, the dangers associated with attempting to clean up yourself, and how insurance can often cover the cost of the clean up, also known as biohazard remediation.
After A Traumatic Event
When traumatic incidents such as suicides, homicides, or unattended deaths occur, they often leave behind biohazardous materials that can pose serious health risks. Blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially infectious materials can contaminate the affected area, making it unsafe for anyone without proper training and equipment.
Why You Shouldn't Attempt Cleanup Yourself
Attempting to clean up a biohazardous scene without professional assistance is not only emotionally challenging but also physically dangerous. Here are some reasons why you should avoid DIY cleanup:
Health Risks: Bloodborne pathogens, bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens can linger on surfaces, posing a significant risk to your health. The professionals at T.A.C.T. Houston are trained and certified to handle these hazards safely.
Emotional Trauma: Cleaning up after a traumatic incident can be emotionally distressing. It's essential to prioritize your mental well-being and allow experts to handle the cleanup while you focus on healing.
Incomplete Cleanup: Amateurs may not fully understand the scope of the cleanup required, leading to incomplete or inadequate cleaning, which can result in lingering health risks, as well as developing odors that will not go away on their own.
The Role of Biohazard Remediation Professionals
T.A.C.T. Houston specializes in safely and effectively cleaning and disinfecting crime and trauma scenes. Our deliverables include:
Expertise: T.A.C.T. Houston's technicians are trained and certified to handle biohazardous materials, ensuring thorough cleanup of the area, as well as decontamination, odor prevention and odor removal.
Proper Disposal: It's crucial to handle biohazardous waste with care, following both state and federal regulations, including guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Biohazardous waste can be harmful to people, animals, and the environment. T.A.C.T. Houston has the expertise to ensure that these materials are disposed of correctly, in line with EPA recommendations, for everyone's safety.
Emotional Support: T.A.C.T. Houston believes that cleaning up after a traumatic event should not be the last memory you have of your loved one. These types of situations already take a big emotional toll on friends and family, without adding more to it by attempting to clean up yourself. As professionals, we understand these situations and provide support and compassion during the process.
Many homeowners' and renters' insurance policies cover the cost of biohazard remediation. This means that, in many cases, you won't have to bear the financial burden of cleanup following a homicide, suicide or undiscovered death. T.A.C.T. works with your insurance company to facilitate the claims process, making the situation more manageable during a challenging time.
What To Expect
Following a traumatic incident like suicide, homicide, or unattended death, it's crucial to prioritize the safety and well-being of those affected by the tragedy. While we are a professional biohazard clean up company, we are also people. Many of us have experienced what you are dealing with, which is what led us into the business in the first place, with a desire to help others dealing with a tragic event.
With T.A.C.T., you can expect the following: