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Your Seminole, Florida, home is not immune to biohazards. A biohazard is any biological material that can cause you harm, so having these materials in your home can put your health at risk. Here is everything you need to know about biohazards so you can keep you and your family safe.

Examples of Biohazards

Biohazards can range from human blood to animal carcasses. They are often left behind at crime scenes or accidents involving an injury but could also result from a household problem like a sewage backup. Some examples include:

  • Saliva
  • Microbiological wastes
  • Feces or urine
  • Skin cells or tissue
  • Chemical spills

Different Biohazard Safety Levels

The Centers for Disease Control has established four different levels of biohazards.

A level one biohazard is the lowest threat and can cause discomfort in humans. It includes things like Bacillus subtilis and E. coli. Level two can cause severe illness. Some examples are salmonella and HIV.

Level three biohazards include things like Coxiella burnetii and tuberculosis. They have the ability to travel through the air and create a serious infection. Finally, level four biohazards are the most serious, as they cause diseases that do not have a cure. These include the Lassa and Ebola viruses.

How to Avoid Biohazard Exposure

There are simple steps you can take to limit your exposure to biohazards. If you have to handle items exposed to biological materials, always wear gloves. Wash your hands when you are finished just to be safe. Finally, do as much as you can to decontaminate your home on a regular basis, including keeping your HVAC system properly maintained.

Cleaning up after an accident is essential. If you or your home is ever exposed to a biohazard, ServiceMaster 24 Hour can help. We offer full biohazard cleanup services to eliminate and dispose of harmful materials quickly and efficiently. Give us a call any time of day at 813-603-2001 (Tampa), 727-201-0499 (Pinellas), or 727-300-3773 (Pasco) to learn more about how we can assist in the cleanup.

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