Every day, somewhere in Highland, California the need for biohazard cleanup arises. Oftentimes, the need for this type of assistance occurs in a home. If you’ve found yourself in this type of situation, you need to have a basic understanding of biohazard cleanup and the vital assistance a professional remediation service like Eco Bear provides to home and business owners throughout Highland.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a biohazard as a biological pathogen that is hazardous to the safety, welfare, and even life of humans. These pathogens fall into four categories, according to the CDC:
- Toxins (derived from a biological source)
- Sharps (including used needles)
Professional biohazard cleanup is the only certain way to maintain safety during the remediation process and to ensure a contaminated area is completely restored to a livable or usable condition.
Statistics regarding the frequency of suicide in Long Beach fluctuate. Nonetheless, at least one person on average takes his or her life in Long Beach each week, according to the National Alliance of Mental Health in San Bernardino. In many cases, a person takes his or her life through a violent means, like using a gun or a knife.
If you’ve lost a loved one in this manner, professional suicide cleanup can assist you in a number of ways:
- Protect your emotional wellbeing
- Safety concerns
- Properly and thoroughly cleaning up the hazards associated with the aftermath of a suicide
- Addressing these needs in a caring, compassionate manner
Riverside County of Mental Health offers a full range of services for people in Highland who’ve lost a loved one to suicide. This includes counseling and access to support groups. The organization can be reached at:
Highland residents also have access to a suicide hotline at (800) 950-6264.
Unattended Death Cleanup
An unattended death is one in which a person dies alone and the body is not immediately found, according to the San Bernardino County Coroner. The shocking reality is that days, weeks, or even months can pass before the body is discovered. Because of the decomposition process, the death scene can become hazardous and necessitates the professional assistance of an unattended death cleanup specialist.
In Highland, the most common causes of an unattended death include:
- Natural Causes
The San Bernardino County Coroner is involved in cases involving unattended deaths in Highland. When such a death is discovered, emergency services should be called immediately at 911. The San Bernardino Coroner is located at:
175 S Lena Rd
San Bernardino, CA 92415
Rat Droppings Cleanup
Rat (and mouse) droppings can be hazardous to your health, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Every month, Long Beach media reports present stories of restaurants and other establishments being cited and even closed because of the tell-tale presence of rat droppings.
Rat droppings can also present a hazard at your home as well, including in your garage, basement, and elsewhere. Even if you have the best intentions and want to clean up rat droppings, you can expose yourself to serious and even life-threatening viruses in the process. These include:
- Hantavirus: Found in rodent droppings, urine, and saliva. If rat droppings are merely “swept up,” dust containing hantavirus infiltrates the surrounding air. If you breathe this dust, you may contract a fatal illness which ends up being inhaled. Hantavirus is potentially fatal.
- Salmonellosis: Food poisoning that occurs when consumable items are contaminated by rat droppings.
- Rat Bite Fever: This is a potentially fatal disease spread both by a rodent bite and by food contaminated with rat feces, urine, or saliva.
You best protect your health, and the health of your loved ones, by hiring a biohazard remediation specialist to eliminate rat droppings in a safe, effective manner.
Facing the need for any type of Highland biohazard cleanup is stressful. The potential emotional toll is magnified if the need for this type of remediation arises from the injury or death of a loved one. You best protect your physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing by reaching out to a biohazard cleanup service like family-owned Eco Bear, compassionate, caring professionals who stand ready to assist you and your loved ones.
Photo Courtesy of Tina Saey.