Introduction to Crime Scene Clean Up

On the arrival at a property where a death has occurred, especially after a vicious death, important tasks are performed by the policemen, firemen and CSI investigators. But as a general statute, these civil servants do not clean up the mess. It is the responsibility of the victim’s family to mop up after the violent death of their member. Until recent times, just a few companies offered this kind of service, so, most of the time, the family still ended up doing the work. This is a service that is expensive. Crime Scene clean up service begins at approximately $600 per hour. And, actually, most people are willing to pay more.

The clean-up of a natural death or a suicide is a part of the cleaning industry. This is called the CTS Decon or the Crime and Trauma Decontamination. This type of clean up involves the removal of dangerous objects. A dangerous crime could be one of brutal death that is biologically contaminated or a scene that contains chemical contamination. The cleanup team returns the scene to the state it was in before the incident happened.

Typically, a family does not move out of their house even if the death that occurred in their home was a violent one. It is the job of the scene cleaners to remove the signs of the incident. This removal includes any bio hazards which were the result of the crime. Federal regulations consider all bodily fluids as bio hazards. Bodily fluids also include the tissue or blood because they can be a source of infection.

A blood cleanup specialist must have special knowledge of bio hazardous materials in order to be able to handle them safely. Also, crime scene cleaners are knowledgeable on what to look for to clean in a death scene. This type of cleaning requires more than “just a good spring cleaning”. Permits are also needed for anyone who needs to move and dispose the bio hazardous wastes.

Most people who become cleaners typically come from the medical field. Because of their background in medicine, they are prepared to handle viewing a bloody scene. They could be nurses from an emergency rooms or an Emergency Medical Technician [EMT]. Construction workers are another group of workers who make good crime scene cleaners. They are able to remove walls and other structures. Because of the splatter of blood and tissue this is sometimes required in the clean up after a death. Other characteristics required in a strong crime scene cleaner are strong stomach, capacity to emotionally separate from his line of work and sympathetic nature.

Why a sympathetic nature? Because crime scene clean up is a lot different from cleaning up after a hazardous leak in a chemical plant. Many times, the family members of the deceased are still present while the clean-up is occurring. The cleaners must be able to complete their job while being sensitive to the state of the family who has experienced a loss. Therefore, crime scene cleaners must stomach a wide range of messy incidents which each have dangers of its own.

Crime Scene Cleanup and Death Cleanup Services

Typically, when we think of a loved one dying, we think of it in a peaceful way, in a hospital or with a loved one at their bedside. We want to think of them in a deep sleep and in a better place. However, throughout the United States, there are hundreds of deaths a month that do not end up peaceful. Many lives are taken each month in ways that leave bio hazard cleanup need cleanup. The reason for the need of a crime scene cleanup is even if it is a natural death, clean up is required due to the blood loss, body decomposition, and debris that is left from a body. A body left sitting for more then one day or a death in which a wound occurred, such as a suicide or homicide, releases fluid that is a bio hazard.

Although a person is able to cleanup after a death themselves, the issue of safety and ability to complete the cleanup correctly comes into play. When decomposition takes place in a body, their are a number of fluids, including blood, urine and feces, that seeps from the body. This body matter can start to move into floor boards, carpeting, and furniture, depending on where the body might lay. As well, in the case of a homicide or suicide, you are dealing with a tragedy that usually involves a gun wound, and therefore, blood splatter and the trajectory of the blood splatter becomes an issue. Clean up in matters such as this may involve removing drywall, ceiling tiles, floor boards, carpeting, and again furniture that has been affected by the death.

A crime scene cleanup business uses specific tools like special lighting to determine what areas are contaminated. Technicians will then develop a game plan for what items can be picked up and cleaned and what areas must have restoration work completed. After the cleanup and restoration is done, then the contaminated material, such as furniture, walling, floor boards, and anything else removed from the home must be transported by a licensed transport unit to a nearby incineration facility. Safety must not be left behind, and so, the methods of completing this transportation safely is imperative.

Cleaning up a scene where there is any body fluid, such as blood, urine, or feces is dangerous. There are numerous diseases, such as HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis, MRSA (a highly contagious bacterial infection), and staff infections, that are carried by bodily fluids. For this reason, hazmat training is required for major crime scene clean up services to not only make sure they know how to do a death cleanup but also how to protect those cleaning up the scene. To assure the cleaners are prepared, competent, and that further tragedy is avoided during the cleanup of a death, trained crime scene clean up employees will go through many clean up simulations before they are released into the field. As well, employees learn how to wear protective gear correctly to make sure they can minimize exposure to blood and body decomposition debris. The protective gear typically includes hazmat suits, goggles, tight fitting and thick rubber gloves, and steel tipped boots. Trained crime scene clean up employees are also trained to be cautious of their environment by knowing the potential dangers. Finally, before a cleaners goes into the field, they typically have to go through a number of vaccinations and make sure all their shots are up to date. It is necessary to assure that these employees are capable of dealing with these scenes both physically and mentally.

Home Survival – Coping With Crime

According to statistics from the US Department of Justice, thirty percent of violent crime in 2008 occurred in the home. Murderers, rapists, kidnappers, robbers and dacoits all prey on the chance to enter your homes and wreak havoc. The point of this reminder is not to frighten you, but to ensure that you do not allow criminals to take advantage of any lack of preparedness on your part.

First and foremost, discuss all possible crime situations with your family. Decide which threats are most likely, given your neighborhood and any other factors. For instance, robbery could be common in your area, or a family member could have possible enemies owing to past jobs, lawsuits etc. in which case you would need to carefully guard your whole family. If there is ay specific threat, work on minimizing the risk of that actually happening, and if there are no specific threats, then just generally come up with ways to prevent break-ins.

The first thing to do is to take preventative measures. Install a security alarm system if possible. If not, at least install a peephole in your front door and instruct children to open the door only to known people. Install metal grilles in all your windows, so that ventilation is possible without allowing break-ins. Talk to children about the importance of locking the door carefully whenever they leave. Do not leave the house key in an obvious place such as under a doormat or over the front door frame. Also, do not give the house key to young children who can carelessly pass it to any stranger. Instruct children never to let a stranger know that they are alone in the house. When you come home to an empty house, make sure it really is empty. If you suspect that anyone is inside, do not go in, but go to a neighbor’s house and call the police. Tell your children to do the same so that they will be out of harm’s way.

Sometimes you will need to escape from the house if there is no possibility of defending yourself from an intruder. Make sure that each room has at least one exit and one good hiding place. Obvious ones like under the bed will usually just trap you in the room with the intruder, so avoid those. Escape through a window or something similar if there is no other option. Hide children or weak members of the family immediately for they can be used as hostages by the intruder.

There is usually little point trying to fight an intruder. Your best option is to go along with his demands and try to distract him so that someone can send out a distress signal or call the police. There should be a list of emergency numbers by the phone, and preferably, more that one phone set in the house. Agree on a distress signal with a neighbor if possible. For instance, hanging a certain colored cloth from a window or knocking an adjoining wall in a certain rhythm. Also, if any family members are out, make sure they stay out, again by a pre-arranged signal. For example, you could hang something over the peephole, or invert a sign hanging over the front door to indicate danger.

Finally, keep legal weapons in the house. Most effective are stun gun and pepper spray, and these can be used as a last resort if it comes to a fight. These will temporarily disorient the intruder and you can make a quick escape.

Like most survival situations, the key to home survival too lies in effective planning and preparation. You have nothing to lose by preparing, and a life or many lives to gain if the possibility prepared for becomes a reality. Start your preparation here and now so that there is no regret to face later.