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Do and Don’ts When Choosing Crime Scene Cleanup Companies?

Do and Don’ts  When Choosing Crime Scene Cleanup Companies?

You don’t want to think that it would happen to you, but you could be the victim of a crime. If the crime is serious enough, you will need to hire a crime scene cleanup company. The crime could be simply that someone threw a brick through your window and left glass in your rugs, on your floors and in your furniture. This is a crime scene that needs cleaning up, but it doesn’t require much. A carpet cleaning company can do the work. However, crime scene cleanup can be as complicated as someone shot or beaten in your home or office. This type of crime scene cleanup deals with bodily fluids and hazardous waste. You need a special company to answer this call.

Because this is not something you normally require, you need to have advice on how to choose the right company. Here are some dos and don’ts regarding crime scene cleanup companies.

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Dos:

  • Look at the crime location. You will be able to determine whether you need to hire a cleanup crew. Without the hazardous materials, you probably can avoid the additional expense.
  • Ask the police. The officers probably work with a couple of companies and can give you the names of companies they recommend. The companies regularly get hired for this type of work by the police officers. And, the industry has a limited number of competitors.
  • Request certification. To be a crime scene cleanup company, the firm has to do certain things to be licensed and certified. If you see the certification, you know you are getting a company that works efficiently and well. You also know they will follow regulations and bring the right materials for the job.
  • Get the certified crew. When you have a situation that involves, human or animal waste, blood, body fluids, chemicals, and acids, you have to have a trained crew doing the work. Otherwise, you will not get the place safe to inhabit. Also, the crew will be trained in dealing with those type of wastes. Certified crew know all the regulations, including federal regulations dealing with hazardous waste.
  • Research. Don’t pick the first one. Read about the company in question. Find out what others, such as public personnel, have to say about the company. Learn their methods before they come to your door.
  • Stay somewhere else. If the cleanup needs to be done at your home, you probably shouldn’t stay in the house until the cleanup crew gets it habitable again. If the crime happened at your office, you might want to work from home or somewhere else for a few days.

Don’ts:

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  • Treat your crew like a maid. Crime scene cleanup companies are there to take care of the hazardous materials, not clean your bathrooms unless the crime happened there. Cleanup crews will be efficient when dealing with the location of the crime, but they aren’t meant to venture into other parts of the home or office.
  • Hire Molly Maids. Regular cleaning companies do not know how to handle hazardous wastes. They don’t know the federal and state regulations regarding cleanup and disposal of wastes. They also are not certified to clean these wastes. However, you can call a regular cleaning service is the situation does not involve hazardous wastes.
  • Pick a company that does cleaning on the side. For the reasons stated earlier, this is not a good way to go when finding cleanup companies. They must be certified. A certified hazardous materials crime scene crew will get out all of the material without leaving any of the material behind. Some crime scene clean up crews do not take care when cleaning your space. They might use only bleach, which would not follow regulations.
  • Do it yourself. Besides the pathogens involved in body fluids and blood, you would not know the regulations. You would be too traumatized. And, you would not have the specialized equipment. Again, you would not know how to handle hazardous wastes and be certified to deal with such materials. You may miss many spots you don’t see and aren’t trained to look. You may also end up throwing out materials that won’t need to be thrown out if properly cleaned.

Featured photo credit: Investigation-Sourcing & Technology Crime via lifehack.org

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Last Updated on November 18, 2020

15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It)

15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It)

It’s okay, you can finally admit it. It’s been two months since you’ve seen the inside of the gym. Getting sick, family crisis, overtime at work and school papers that needed to get finished all kept you for exercising. Now, the question is: how do you start again?
Once you have an exercise habit, it becomes automatic. You just go to the gym, there is no force involved. But after a month, two months or possibly a year off, it can be hard to get started again. Here are some tips to climb back on that treadmill after you’ve fallen off.

  1. Don’t Break the Habit – The easiest way to keep things going is simply not to stop. Avoid long breaks in exercising or rebuilding the habit will take some effort. This may be advice a little too late for some people. But if you have an exercise habit going, don’t drop it at the first sign of trouble.
  2. Reward Showing Up – Woody Allen once said that, “Half of life is showing up.” I’d argue that 90% of making a habit is just making the effort to get there. You can worry about your weight, amount of laps you run or the amount you can bench press later.
  3. Commit for Thirty Days – Make a commitment to go every day (even just for 20 minutes) for one month. This will solidify the exercise habit. By making a commitment you also take pressure off yourself in the first weeks back of deciding whether to go.
  4. Make it Fun – If you don’t enjoy yourself at the gym, it is going to be hard to keep it a habit. There are thousands of ways you can move your body and exercise, so don’t give up if you’ve decided lifting weights or doing crunches isn’t for you. Many large fitness centers will offer a range of programs that can suit your tastes.
  5. Schedule During Quiet Hours – Don’t put exercise time in a place where it will easily be pushed aside by something more important. Right after work or first thing in the morning are often good places to put it. Lunch-hour workouts might be too easy to skip if work demands start mounting.
  6. Get a Buddy – Grab a friend to join you. Having a social aspect to exercising can boost your commitment to the exercise habit.
  7. X Your Calendar – One person I know has the habit of drawing a red “X” through any day on the calendar he goes to the gym. The benefit of this is it quickly shows how long it has been since you’ve gone to the gym. Keeping a steady amount of X’s on your calendar is an easy way to motivate yourself.
  8. Enjoyment Before Effort – After you finish any work out, ask yourself what parts you enjoyed and what parts you did not. As a rule, the enjoyable aspects of your workout will get done and the rest will be avoided. By focusing on how you can make workouts more enjoyable, you can make sure you want to keep going to the gym.
  9. Create a Ritual – Your workout routine should become so ingrained that it becomes a ritual. This means that the time of day, place or cue automatically starts you towards grabbing your bag and heading out. If your workout times are completely random, it will be harder to benefit from the momentum of a ritual.
  10. Stress Relief – What do you do when your stressed? Chances are it isn’t running. But exercise can be a great way to relieve stress, releasing endorphin which will improve your mood. The next time you feel stressed or tired, try doing an exercise you enjoy. When stress relief is linked to exercise, it is easy to regain the habit even after a leave of absence.
  11. Measure Fitness – Weight isn’t always the best number to track. Increase in muscle can offset decreases in fat so the scale doesn’t change even if your body is. But fitness improvements are a great way to stay motivated. Recording simple numbers such as the number of push-ups, sit-ups or speed you can run can help you see that the exercise is making you stronger and faster.
  12. Habits First, Equipment Later – Fancy equipment doesn’t create a habit for exercise. Despite this, some people still believe that buying a thousand dollar machine will make up for their inactivity. It won’t. Start building the exercise habit first, only afterwards should you worry about having a personal gym.
  13. Isolate Your Weakness – If falling off the exercise wagon is a common occurrence for you, find out why. Do you not enjoy exercising? Is it a lack of time? Is it feeling self-conscious at the gym? Is it a lack of fitness know-how? As soon as you can isolate your weakness, you can make steps to improve the situation.
  14. Start Small – Trying to run fifteen miles your first workout isn’t a good way to build a habit. Work below your capacity for the first few weeks to build the habit. Otherwise you might scare yourself off after a brutal workout.
  15. Go for Yourself, Not to Impress – Going to the gym with the only goal of looking great is like starting a business with only the goal to make money. The effort can’t justify the results. But if you go to the gym to push yourself, gain energy and have a good time, then you can keep going even when results are slow.

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