Tear gas is a chemical weapon that has been used to disperse crowds and control riots for over a century. Though it is designed to be non-lethal, proper tear gas removal is crucial to avoid serious health risks, especially for those who might be dealing with other respiratory conditions.
When used, tear gas releases a cloud of chemicals that can cause burning eyes, skin irritation, and difficulty breathing. Some people have also reported vomiting, fainting, and temporary blindness. Inhaling tear gas can be especially dangerous for people with asthma or other respiratory conditions.
Tear gas can also cause chemical burns if it comes into contact with the skin. If you're dealing with a tear or riot gas residue in your home or business, the best thing you can do is call a professional remediation company like Bio-One, with the proper equipment to disinfect the areas. Our certified technicians are available for an emergency response to remove all biological material and residue associated with the gas.
Learn more: Facts About Riot Control Agents - CDC.
Here's what you can do in you have tear gas residue in your home or business:
One of the first things you should do if you're caught in a tear gas attack is to try and get out of the affected area as quickly as possible. If you can't leave the area, your next best course of action is to try to ventilate it as much as possible. Tear gas affects the mucous membranes, and though it's not lethal, it can cause serious complications in rare cases.
Tear gas cleanup is not for everyone; it can be extremely difficult, as it may linger on surfaces and ventilation systems. Opening up all the doors and windows in the area can help disperse the tear gas and make it easier to clean once fresh air has gone through the HVAC system.
Tear gas usually comes in the form of a powder or crystal that is released into the air. These particles can settle on surfaces and clothing, making it difficult to remove them. Carefully remove all clothing and materials with tear gas residue on them.
If you are exposed to tear gas, it is important to wash all surfaces that may have come into contact with the gas as soon as possible.
If you have been exposed to tear gas or riot control agents, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. If you have any respiratory problems, difficulty breathing, or pain in your chest, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.
Once you are out of the affected area and have received medical attention, you should call a professional remediation company like Bio-One. Our certified technicians are available 24/7 for emergency response and will work quickly to remove all residue associated with the tear gas. We will also disinfect the area to prevent any further health problems.
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Bio-One of Poway is a proud member of the Poway Chamber of Commerce. Our cleaning services are available 24/7, 365 days a year. We have the expertise to remove and safely clean tear gas from your home or office. Give us a call at 858-261-4527 for a free estimate!