Cleaning Up After Tear Gas
If your home or office environment was subjected to tear gas, then it is likely you have recently experienced a traumatic event. Police are the ones who usually administer tear gas and only then as a last resort. Having to clean up the aftermath of such an event is likely to be further traumatizing. On top of that, tear gas cleaning is not something amateurs should be handling. If your home or business has recently suffered an encounter with law enforcement, here is what you need to know about tear gas clean up.
Types of Tear Gas
There are four types of tear gas known as CS, CN, CR and OC– which is also known as pepper spray. The purpose of these gases is to cause irritation in the eyes, thus preventing a person from resisting police. Tear gas is often used at the scene of a riot when things have gotten out of hand. Unfortunately, the irritants in tear gas can remain at the scene long after rioters have dispersed. This can mean the place in question is unsuitable for habitation and clean up is necessary.
Don’t Try This at Home
The first thing anyone should know when faced with tear gas cleaning is that it is not for amateurs. It is important to have the right protective gear, to know the correct procedures and to have the right chemicals to clean up after tear gas. Tear gas cleanup is best left to the professionals.
Fix What’s Broken
If your home or office has recently been subject to tear gas, then it is likely that you will have more than just the tear gas to clean up. You will probably have broken windows, holes in drywall, furniture that has been overturned, destroyed or has, at the least, been subject to tear gas. A major part of the cleanup effort will revolve around simply fixing your home or business and returning it to a functional space. Before that can be accomplished, however, you will need to have tear gas remediation so that you do not risk encountering the irritants yourself.
How to Clean Up After Tear Gas
So, just how do you get rid of tear gas? In order to remove tear gas from home, office or apartment, certain precautions must be taken. Still, the procedure for tear gas remediation is simpler than you might think.
- Begin with the right personal protective gear. You should have professional grade suits, masks and gloves to protect yourself from exposure to irritants.
- Ventilate the area completely.
- Remove broken items and debris.
- Vacuum up any visible residue from the gas.
- Clean everything with a professional grade cleanser.
- Clean the HVAC system. This may require enlisting the help of an HVAC technician.
- If CN is the gas that was used, you should heat the space to anywhere between 95 and 105 degrees. Also use a HEPA air scrubber with charcoal or carbon filters for extra odor absorption.
- Make any necessary repairs to windows, walls, floors, furniture, etc.
- Ventilate again to make sure everything has been well aired.
Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of Cleanup?
The short answer is: it depends. Some insurance policies will cover the cost of cleanup after a traumatic incident. Most crime scene cleaning companies are happy to work with insurance companies. If you are not sure whether your insurance will cover the costs, contact your insurance adjuster to find out. Even if your insurance does not cover tear gas cleaning costs, it is still in your best interest to have a professional company do your tear gas remediation to make sure it is done properly. Tear gas residue can linger for months and you do not want it coming back to haunt you.
If you have recently experienced a traumatic event at your home or office that involved tear gas call in the experts. Contact Biorecovery today to get more information about cleaning up after tear gas. They are knowledgeable and will happily answer all of your questions.