You may not be aware, but one of the assignments the BC Hazmat Management team gets called out for are hoarding clean-ups. A serious hoarding situation can result in real biological hazards that require special equipment and training to clear. Mold, feces, chemical leaks and sometimes biological hazards occur making the household, apartment or storage area not suitable for the average person to enter.
The calls may come from family members, city officials, mental health officers or often, a hoarding situation is identified by fire protection officials. In some cases, the situation has become so desperate, that the individual passes away. This is a serious mental health issue that is still in the early stages of being recognized by the government. Mental health officials on the front-line have a great understanding of the dangers and related mental health issues involved in hoarding, but much more needs to be done to support the efforts of these dedicated professionals.
BC Hazmat Management is proud to be a supporter and contributor to the Hoarding Education & Action Team -HEAT. If you are looking for help for hoarding, either for yourself or someone you care about, please call the folks at HEAT at 250.361.0227. They can help.
On a safety note: please be careful before entering a hoarding situation. Do a risk assessment and if there is a good chance of mold, feces or other biological and chemical contaminants, do not enter, that’s what we are here for. Protect yourself first, that way you’ll be around to protect others!
Please watch this video to learn more.