Home to about 100,000 residents, Compton has a particularly young population when contrasted with the national average. There is also a good deal of light industry in the community. For some time, the themes represented by the major motion picture Straight Outta Compton epitomized the reputation of the city. In fact, in recent years, crime has dropped in the city and Compton has become better represented by neighborhoods filled with younger, growing families, according to the LA Times.
The reality is that violent crime can give rise to the need for professional biohazard cleanup, like the services provided by locally owned Eco Bear. However, there are other events that necessitate biohazard cleanup in Compton that include unattended deaths, suicides, and rodent infestation, demonstrated by mouse and rat droppings. These situations can occur in locations like your own home or business.
The primary reason for professional biohazard cleanup, technically known as biohazard remediation, is to protect against infection by dangerous pathogens that can cause serious and even fatal diseases. For example, biohazards can include blood, bodily fluids, and other biological materials, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Depending on the circumstances, these substances can result in a person exposed to them contracting serious illnesses that include:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
A professional biohazard cleanup services have the proper personal protective gear, or PPE, to undertake complete remediation of a hazardous situation, including:
- Mask or respirator
- Apron, smock, or uniform
In addition, a professional service like Eco Bear has access to high-grade products to undertake the remediation process. These include products designed to clean, sanitize, and deodorize the site of a biohazard.
The Rand Corporation has been monitoring suicide rates in the state of California, including in the city of Compton. There are about a dozen suicides annually in Compton and a higher number of attempts. Some of the roughly 12 suicides that occur each year in Compton are violent, using weapons like guns or knives. These types of suicides result in death scenes that necessitate professional suicide cleanup.
Rappers identified with Compton have shared their own struggles with suicidal ideations and attempts in a video released by the West Coast News Network in 2018. The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health operates the local Compton Family Mental Health Center. (Information on the array of services offered through the Compton Center can be accessed through this link.) The services available from the Compton Center include suicide prevention and survivors of suicide resources.
Students at Compton College can access support services as part of the school’s suicide prevention program:
Molina Student Health Center
at Compton College
1111 East Artesia Boulevard
Compton, California 90221
Suicide Prevention Hotline: (310) 391-1253
Unattended Death Cleanup
A nightmarish scenario can be the discovery of an unattended death. This is a situation in which a person has died for one reason or another, with his or her body not being discovered for some time. In fact, when it comes to Compton unattended deaths, the discovery may not come about for days, weeks, or even months.
Because the human decomposition process begins immediately upon death, the scene of an unattended death can be contaminated with dangerous pathogens within a matter of two to three days, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. The most common causes of unattended deaths in Compton are:
- Natural Causes
Rat Droppings Cleanup
Exposure to rat droppings can be extremely harmful to your health, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, there are diseases that can be contracted via mouse and rat droppings that can be fatal. Diseases to which a person can be exposed via rat feces, urine, or saliva include:
- Salmonellosis causes food poisoning when consumable items are contaminated by rat droppings.
- Rat Bite Fever is a potentially fatal disease spread by rat bites and by consuming food items contaminated by rat feces, urine, or saliva.
- Hantavirus is also found in rodent droppings, urine, and saliva. If rat feces, as well as dried urine and saliva, are “swept up,” dust containing hantavirus infiltrates throughout the surrounding air. If breathed, this dust can cause an infection that may result in a fatal illness.
If you find yourself facing one of these types of situations in which restorative biohazard remediation is necessary, you are not alone. The experienced, discrete, compassionate team at Eco Bear, a family-owned business serving the people of Compton, understands the challenging situation in which you find yourself. The specialists at Eco Bear are available any time, day or night, to bring a sense of order, safety, and livability back to your home.
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