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    What Happens If Your House Becomes a Crime Scene?

    Last updated 8 hours 35 minutes ago

    It can be very traumatic and frightening if your home becomes the scene of a crime. There will be a long process of evidence collection, law enforcement procedures, and cleanup tasks ahead. For a list of tips that will help you cope with your house as a crime scene, read on. 

    Call the Authorities Immediately
    If your home was the scene of a crime, call the authorities right away. The police and investigators will respond as soon as possible. If there is a great deal of evidence that needs to be collected, the crime scene investigators (CSIs) will obtain a search warrant from the district attorney. If granted the search warrant, the CSIs may cordon off parts of your house using a physical barrier such as crime scene tape.

    Allow the Crime Scene Investigation to Take Place
    The first part of the crime scene investigation is the initial walk-through. This is when the CSIs will take note of details of the crime scene that may change with time. They will also make note of smells, sights, sounds, and other features of the crime scene that seem unusual. The CSIs will thoroughly document the crime scene with a camera and call in any other specialists that are necessary.

    Arrange for Cleanup Services
    Once the crime scene specialists have wrapped up, your home may be in need of a professional cleanup. This is especially true if your home was the scene of a homicide, suicide, or death involving biohazards. Do not ever attempt to clean up blood or a crime scene by yourself, as you could put yourself at risk for a number of diseases and you may be unable to rid your home of stains and odors.

    For professional, efficient trauma scene cleanup in the Orlando area, call Biohazard Response at (407) 459-7183. We have more than two decades of experience and offer 24/7 emergency service. Please visit our website for more information.

    Why You Should Never Clean a Trauma Scene on Your Own

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Discovering or witnessing a trauma scene in your home or office can be a very intense and upsetting experience. After authorities have investigated the trauma scene, you will want to restore your home or office to a sanitary condition by calling a trauma scene cleanup company right away, rather than attempting cleanup on your own. Cleaning biohazards without using the proper equipment and techniques can result in the spread of serious diseases. If you ask untrained personnel to clean a trauma scene, you may have severe legal consequences to deal with, as there are strict laws regarding the cleanup and disposal of biohazardous waste from a trauma scene. Furthermore, not cleaning the trauma scene thoroughly can result in unpleasant odors and even bacterial growth.

    If you need trauma scene cleanup services in Orlando, contact the experts at Biohazard Response. We offer 24/7 emergency services and free estimates. Call us at (407) 459-7183 or visit our website for more information.

    Having a Conversation with a Loved One about Hoarding

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Hoarding can create tension in a relationship, financial problems, and even safety risks. If you believe your loved one has a hoarding problem, initiating a discussion with him or her can be very helpful. Read this article for tips on having a conversation with your loved one about hoarding and possible avenues for assistance.

    Prepare for the Conversation
    Taking a direct, argumentative approach is not going to help, so take some time to cool off and plan out what questions you will ask and how you will make the discussion a helpful one. Nothing will happen until your loved one is ready to change.

    Help the Person Recognize the Consequences of Their Actions
    Facilitate a productive discussion with your loved one, not a debate. Posing questions is a great way to help your loved one take a closer look at his or her hoarding habits. Ask your loved one if his or her hoarding habits are getting in the way of living life to the fullest, what he or she thinks about the hoarded items in the home, and about his or her plan going forward.

    Be Empathetic
    Being empathetic does not entail pitying your loved one, and it doesn’t mean you have to agree with everything he or she says. When you show empathy, you make a concerted effort to listen and understand your loved one’s perspective.

    Avoid Arguing
    Always remind yourself that your loved one has the freedom to make his or her own choices, even if those choices come with negative consequences. Arguing vigorously will only prompt your loved one to argue back and resist change. Instead, opt out of arguments involving hoarding. Aim to listen and understand your loved one, rather than simply telling your side of it.

    Biohazard Response of Orlando has 23 years of experience offering hoarding cleanup services. Whether you are helping your loved one with a small or large hoarding problem, we have the expertise and the compassion to help. Call us at (407) 459-7183 or visit our website for more information.

    Why You Should Never Clean a Trauma Scene on Your Own

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Discovering or witnessing a trauma scene in your home or office can be a very intense and upsetting experience. After authorities have investigated the trauma scene, you will want to restore your home or office to a sanitary condition by calling a trauma scene cleanup company right away, rather than attempting cleanup on your own. Cleaning biohazards without using the proper equipment and techniques can result in the spread of serious diseases. If you ask untrained personnel to clean a trauma scene, you may have severe legal consequences to deal with, as there are strict laws regarding the cleanup and disposal of biohazardous waste from a trauma scene. Furthermore, not cleaning the trauma scene thoroughly can result in unpleasant odors and even bacterial growth.

    If you need trauma scene cleanup services in Orlando, contact the experts at Biohazard Response. We offer 24/7 emergency services and free estimates. Call us at (407) 459-7183 or visit our website for more information.

    Recognizing the Warning Signs that Someone Is Considering Suicide

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Suicide can be a very difficult topic to approach. But it is very important to recognize the warning signs of suicide, especially if a loved one is having suicidal thoughts. Below you will find some useful information about some of the signs that might indicate someone is considering suicide.

    Anger or Mood Swings
    A person considering suicide is likely to experience a wide range of emotions in a short period of time. Anger is a common emotion felt by people who are considering suicide. A person who is very anxious and agitated, displays rage, or talks about seeking revenge may also be thinking about suicide.

    Hopelessness
    A person who talks about having no reason to live may be thinking about suicide. When accompanied by talk of being a burden to others or feeling hopeless, it's important to reach out to this person right away.

    Risky Behavior
    Substance abuse and other risky behaviors can be a cry for help. An increase in alcohol or drug use and other risky behaviors such as speeding or getting a very little sleep each night are all warning signs of suicide.

    Isolation
    A person who is thinking about suicide often feels trapped. If you notice someone isolating herself, you may want to talk with this person. She may say that she feels like she is trapped or in an unbearable amount of pain.

    Preoccupation with Death
    People who are suicidal may openly talk about a desire to die or even to commit suicide. A suicidal person may be looking for a way to kill himself or herself, perhaps searching for instructions online or purchasing a gun.

    If a loved one you know is suicidal, contact a mental health professional or a doctor immediately. Biohazard Response of Orlando is available to assist by restoring the scene of a trauma or suicide. Call us 24/7 at (407) 459-7183 or visit our website to learn more about the suicide cleanup services we offer.

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