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    The Health Risks of Confronting Hoarding Cleanup Yourself

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Hoarding is a mental disorder that describes the compulsion to collect any type of object in great quantities. After a hoarder gets the help that they need, the next task is to clean out the areas that have stored their possessions. For your own health, it is important to hire a professional biohazard cleaning service to perform the cleanup. Let’s take a look at the health risks of confronting hoarding cleanup yourself:

    Exposure to Disease

    In extreme hoarding situations, day-to-day cleaning and maintenance of the house has become impossible. The collected debris and items that have accumulated are ideal breeding grounds for disease pathogens that can be transmitted through the air or by contact with the skin. In addition, the toilets and sinks may have been rendered unusable. When you enter the house of a hoarder, you are putting yourself at risk to exposure to a hotbed of accumulated diseases.

    Risk of Injury

    Often, hoarders will arrange their items in tall stacks or large piles. When you try to move or dispose of heavier items, they can shift and fall, leading to serious injuries. Even smaller, lighter items that are stacked on the floor can cause you to trip and hurt yourself. When you negotiate through the cramped and overflowing spaces of a hoarding house without the proper tools and equipment, it is very easy to misstep and become injured.

    Fire Danger

    Some commonly hoarded items include newspapers, magazines, and other documents. This proliferation of paper in a small space creates an extreme fire risk. Typically, the cleanup of a hoarding situation will take several days. During that time, the windows, doors, and other evacuation routes can be blocked or compromised. If a fire ignites, it can be extremely dangerous or even possible to remove yourself quickly from the situation.

    If you are faced with the cleanup of a hoarding situation, don’t hesitate to call Biohazard Response at (407) 277-0006. Our experienced hoarding cleanup technicians are thorough, efficient, and professional.     


    Defining Unattended Death and How to Face It

    Last updated 1 year ago

    When coping with the death of a loved one, we are faced with challenging emotions and tough decisions. When death occurs unexpectedly, you will need additional help and support to clean up. Here is some information that will help you better understand what to do with facing an unattended death:

    Understanding an Unattended Death

    An unattended death describes an unexpected death or a death that occurs when a person is alone. This can include suicide, homicide, or the passing away of a loved one at home due to an illness. When you come across the scene of an unattended death, it can be an extremely traumatic and hard to face. By having a better understanding of what you should do when facing an unattended death, you can benefit from increased clarity and calm during this trying situation.

    Contact the Proper Authorities

    The first and most important thing you should do when at the scene of an unattended death is to call the proper authorities, such as the police or medical examiners. These professionals are specially trained in how to approach the scene of an unattended death. Depending on the circumstances, medical professionals and police officers will need to document and assess what happened to the deceased before cleanup and burial arrangements can begin.

    Find Acceptance

    When someone you love dies unexpectedly or alone, it can be especially difficult to come to terms with the circumstances of their passing. The reports from medical authorities and the police can help you find closure by telling you exactly what happened. As you move through the grieving process, be sure to reach out for support and care from your friends and loved ones.

    Here at Biohazard Response, our professional team is specially trained to help you cope with the aftermath of an unattended death. For more information about our first response cleanup services, call us at (407) 277-0006.

    Watch: Recognizing & Reacting to the Signs of Suicide

    Last updated 1 year ago

    In this video, Dr. Kim Curry describes the warning signs of suicide. One warning sign is if your loved one begins to discuss death or suicide on a regular basis. If someone you care about begins to talk about suicide or death, you should talk to the person, offer help, and show that you care. It is important to know that, while suicide can seem like a taboo subject, it is very important to feel comfortable talking about this difficult topic. Reaching out will help your loved one get the help that they need. For a closer look at suicide prevention, watch this video.

    At Biohazard Response, we offer help and support after the unexpected death of a loved one. Our cleaning and first response services are offered twenty-four hours a day. Call our Orlando location at (407) 277-0006 for more information. 

    Getting More Information About Suicide Prevention & Crime Scene Cleanup

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If someone you know was the victim of a violent crime, do not attempt to clean up the scene yourself. The material left behind must be treated as hazardous. The links below provide more information about crime scene cleanup and how to help prevent suicide.

    Call the cleanup specialists at Biohazard Response in Florida. Contact us at (407) 277-0006 or visit our website to learn more.

    Suicide Prevention: 5 Signs to Look Out For

    Last updated 1 year ago

    People who attempt or commit suicide are trying to stop unbearable feelings. Many of them will display certain signs to indicate they are considering committing suicide. If you notice any warning signs in a friend or family member, get help for that person promptly. If you feel that a person might be in imminent risk of suicide, avoid leaving him or her alone. Here are some of the warning signs to watch out for:

    1. Feeling Hopeless

    Many people with suicidal tendencies display feelings of hopelessness. A sign of this may be expressing feelings that there is nothing to look forward to in the future.

    2. Feeling Worthless

    Low self-esteem is common for those with suicidal tendencies. A person might express feelings of self-loathing or self-hatred, as well as guilt or shame.

    3. Acquiring Weapons

    When a person feels suicidal, he or she might begin acquiring guns, knives, or other weapons. He or she might also seek pills that can be fatal in large dosages, or look up information on lethal poisons.

    4. Behaving Abnormally or Recklessly

    Even if a person does not tell you that he or she feels hopeless or worthless, you might be able to pick up indicators of suicidal tendencies from that person’s behavior. He or she might suddenly become introverted and socially isolated when he or she is normally outgoing and socially involved. A person might write out a will, give away possessions, or even begin making his or her own funeral arrangements.

    5. Having Risk Factors

    Some issues might place a person at a higher risk for suicide. Most individuals who commit suicide have a psychiatric disorder or a past history of drug or alcohol abuse. Many of them also have a past history of attempted suicide.

    If a friend or family member has committed suicide, call in the professionals to help you deal with the aftermath. Biohazard Response helps Orlando-area residents by cleaning up after suicides and similar situations. Reach us at (407) 277-0006 or visit our website to learn more.

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