Why You Should Never Attempt Meth Lab Cleanup

⋅Never Attempt Meth Lab Cleanup Yourself⋅ Most of the meth-lab cleanups to which we are called are rental properties. We usually get the call from a bewildered landlord, apartment-complex manager, or motel manager who had no idea what his tenants were doing until the property was swarming with police. Occasionally, we get the call from someone purchasing a property that was a former meth lab or from someone who purchased a former meth house that was improperly cleaned. Before a former meth lab can be safely inhabited, it must be thoroughly and professionally cleaned and decontaminated. Especially at risk for contamination by the chemicals present in former meth labs are children because they have small, developing bodies and a tendency to touch contaminated surfaces and objects and to put things in their mouths. Meth labs are commonly set up in homes, apartments, trailers, motel rooms, even automobiles, and the chemicals…

The Horrors of Pedestrian Accidents Along Railroad Tracks

⋅Stay off the Tracks!⋅ One of the most horrific and tragic jobs we are called to is a suicide or pedestrian accident along railroad tracks. Most of the time, the victim is very young, like the teenager who lost his life on the tracks we were hired to clean a few months ago near Tampa, Florida. Trevor was about to turn 15. He was taking a shortcut to his best friend’s house, which involved walking along the tracks for a few hundred feet before jumping off and taking a short path through the woods that led to his friend’s neighborhood. As Trevor walked around a deep curve with woods on both sides of the tracks, he could not see around the curve. He apparently didn't hear the train coming toward him and didn't see it until seconds before it hit him. The railroad company that hired us said that the engineer…

When & How to Clean Up Blood Spills

⋅Blood Spills: When Can I Clean Them Myself?⋅ According to OSHA and the CDC, all bodily fluids are potentially contaminated with blood-borne pathogens: bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Federal regulations state that all bodily fluids are considered bio-hazards because blood may carry the deadly HIV or Hepatitis pathogens for which there is no cure. For more information on these deadly diseases, please see our blog entitled The Dangers of Blood-borne Pathogens Explained. So when is it safe to clean up blood spills or other bodily fluids yourself? There is no specific answer to this question. We recommend that you attempt to clean up blood spills yourself only under these conditions: The amount of blood is small enough that you can clean it by yourself with a few sheets of paper towel very quickly. Remember, the longer you are in contact with blood-borne pathogens and the chemicals used to kill them, the higher the risk…