Though it's rarely fatal, exposure to tear gas may result in diseases and health risks. The residue left behind can be dangerous. Bio-One offers tear gas cleanup services in the Orange County area in residential and commercial settings. Our certified technicians use the latest technology and the highest industry standards to remediate areas impacted by tear gas.
What is tear gas?
Tear gas is a chemical weapon that causes severe eye and respiratory irritation. Commonly referred to as riot gas, tear gas is rarely fatal, and though it is classified as a riot-control agent, its use is banned in warfare by the Geneva Protocol of 1925.
Tear gas works by causing irritation to the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, and throat, leading to a burning sensation and difficulty breathing.
In some cases, it can also cause vomiting and diarrhea. The effects of tear gas are temporary and typically last for 15-30 minutes. However, these effects can be much more severe if the person is enclosed in a small space, such as a car or room.
When deployed, tear gas releases a cloud of aerosolized particles that float in the air. These particles can spread quickly and affect people who are downwind of the initial deployment. It's usually deployed in canisters or grenades that explode on impact. The police often fire tear gas canisters into a crowd from a distance using a launcher.
It's important to notice that tear gas is not the same as pepper spray; the difference lies in the biological material used to create these compounds.
What are the risks of exposure to tear gas?
Removing yourself from the affected areas is important as quickly as possible if you are exposed to tear gas. Try to hold your breath and avoid touching your face if you can. Once you are away from the gas source, remove any clothing that may have been contaminated and take a cold shower, scrubbing your skin with soap and water.
Tear gas residue can linger in the HVAC system, so try to ventilate the area where you were exposed to tear gas. Open all the doors and windows to let fresh air in. If possible, use a fan to circulate the air. You should also avoid using air conditioners or ventilation systems that recirculate indoor air. Exposure to tear gas can cause several health risks, including:
- Respiratory problems
- Skin irritation
- Burning eyes
- Blurred vision
- Excessive tearing
- Difficulty breathing
If you have asthma or another respiratory condition, exposure to tear gas can be especially dangerous, and in rare cases, it can lead to a fatal asthma attack. Infants, children, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions are also at increased risk for complications from tear gas exposure.
How does Bio-One clean up areas affected by tear gas residue?
If you've been exposed to tear gas or if there is residue in your home or business, it's essential to call a professional tear gas cleanup company should be the first step. Our certified technicians have the training and experience to safely and effectively clean up areas impacted by tear gas residue.
We follow strict guidelines and have the proper equipment to remediate areas affected by tear gas. This includes personal protective equipment (PPE) for our crew members and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-approved cleaning solutions.
The importance of proper decontamination after exposure to tear gas
Tear gas is a weapon and should be treated as such, so if you are caught in a tear gas attack, staying calm and moving away from the area as quickly as possible is crucial. Covering your mouth and nose with a cloth can help reduce the gas's effects. If you have any pre-existing respiratory conditions, it is important to always carry your medication with you.
Keep in mind that the tear gas cleanup process may be extremely difficult. At Bio-One, we'll work with your insurance company to take care of everything and ensure you return to a safe, hazard-free environment.
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