Though most clean-up operations don’t require more than the standard safety protocols—such as eyewear, gloves, and so on—there are times when the basic precautions just aren’t enough. Although Rainbow International specializes in difficult and hazardous clean-up situations, we realize that there are situations in which you may be exposed to hazardous conditions. Until professional cleaning specialists respond to the situation, here are a few tips to keep you and your loved ones safe:
Identify your symptoms
Depending on the hazardous situation, there will be different signs of trouble. Pay attention for signs of chemical or biological irritants such as coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or headaches and dizziness; these are your first warning signs.
It is important to remember that seeking out the source of these symptoms should not be a priority. The goal is to limit the exposure to these potentially harmful situations, not to eliminate them with little experience or proper equipment.
If you suspect a hazardous spill or clean-up situation, it is essential to remove yourself from the source of contamination. Ideally, seek out the nearest exit—the area with the lowest concentration of contaminants is often the open air. If that is not a possibility, go to the nearest area with high air-flow, open windows, or powerful ventilation equipment.
Vacating the area during a hazardous chemical or biological contamination is the most important step in handling the situation. Limiting exposure should be your priority. Without the proper knowledge or equipment to deal with a hazardous situation, any attempt to handle the problem could lead to increased risk of harm.
Contact the Authorities
If the situation is severe, remember to contact emergency personnel. This includes situations in which there has been any concern for the well-being of you or your loved ones; your health and safety is the utmost priority in any hazardous situation. Call 911, and alert them to the situation. Remember to include as much detail as possible, including people and contaminants involved.
If it is not an emergency, contact Rainbow International. Our technicians have the equipment and knowledge to handle any hazardous clean-up situation, within OSHA standards of safety and disposal. If you have a hazardous clean-up situation on your hands, don’t wait—give us a call today.