Tear gas is a non-lethal chemical agent that is commonly used by law enforcement officers to subdue violent individuals. It is made with similar chemicals to pepper spray and mace, and its residue can often remain in a home if law enforcement is forced to use it in an arrest. So what happens if it has been used in your home?

Leftover tear gas residue can have disastrous effects on the health and wellbeing of you and your family. If you suspect that your home may contain residue of the chemical agent, the team at Spaulding Decon of Tampa, Florida can provide a variety of services and resources to keep you and your family safe.

Side Effects of Tear Gas Exposure

Both short-term and long-term exposure to tear gas can have an array of side effects. Not only does tear gas cause a painful temporary reaction; those who are exposed to the chemicals, especially over a long period of time, can experience long term side effects. These include a variety of respiratory illnesses, heart and liver damage, and pregnancy or birth complications. These side effects are more common amongst those who are exposed to the agent over long periods of time. In order to avoid these illnesses and stay safe, it is important to know where tear gas residue remains in a home.

Where does tear gas residue remain in my home?

While the visible effects can be saddening to see, the real danger comes with the invisible effects. Once the gas settles it turns into a powder. The powder reactivates when movement occurs in the home. Tear gas residue that is left on walls, ceilings, flooring, furniture, clothing, and anything else in your home, can pose serious risks to the health of you and your family. Side effects of prolonged exposure to tear gas residue include a variety of respiratory illnesses, pregnancy and birth complications, and in extreme cases, even death. Tear gas residue can remain in your property from past tenants if not handled properly, so it is crucial to have your home decontaminated if tear gas was deployed in your home or office.

It is very important that you do not try to clean the tear gas residue yourself. Thorough decontamination requires years of specialized training, expensive professional cleaning and protective equipment, and cleaning solutions that can normally only be obtained by professional cleanup companies.

Enclosed spaces are only considered safe when tear gas residue has been completely eradicated. Therefore, if tear gas has been used in your home, call tear gas cleanup experts like Spaulding Decon of Tampa. Our staff has an extensive knowledge of Tampa Bay and the surrounding communities, and is always ready to assist.

Spaulding Decon of Tampa, Florida

Since 2005, Spaulding Decon has been providing a variety of services in the Tampa, Florida area. Our professionals serve communities all across the Tampa area, including Brandon, Riverview, and St. Pete. Spaulding Decon specializes in crime scene cleanup, biohazard remediation, rodent dropping cleanup, and more. For more information, give us a call at (813) 298-7122, or visit our website at www.spauldingdec.wpengine.com/locations/florida/tampa/.

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