Biohazard and Sewage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Falmouth Biohazard Safety Tips

There is no location in which a biohazard contaminate is not a health and safety concern. Even seemingly insignificant situations can pose a health risk – viruses and bacteria are everywhere in nature, but certain strains can rapidly spread. Mild chemical spills can be hazardous, too – just another reason to consider a certified restoration expert to handle the situation.

SERVPRO is Certified

Even though there are no mandated training requirements, certifications, or work experience officially required to work in biohazard cleanup, the trained SERVPRO technicians on their way to your emergency have studied IICRC standards and best practices. This restoration industry-recognized certification means our skilled and dedicated technicians are top-notch in a demanding and dangerous job. You can be confident we bring years of experience to the task, and when we leave, it will be “Like it never even happened.”

Until our team of technicians arrives, we offer the following protection advice to help in the interim.


  • Quickly leave the affected area. 
  • Block off access so that no one else has access. 
  • Warn others that everything may be contaminated. 
  • Consider a medical evaluation if exposed.
  • Call 911 if the situation is life-threatening. 

Do Not: 

  • Begin cleanup on your own.
  • Touch or handle items nearby.
  • Assume anything is safe.

The goal of SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands is to be there quickly when you need us in the Falmouth area. Below are more helpful tips for disasters and emergencies.

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After any biohazard or sewage contamination in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.
  • Flood water can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Biohazards like flood water or sewer backups should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands has water damage restoration specialists and has specific training and expertise to safely remediate biohazard contaminants.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Falmouth
  • Sandwich
  • Bourne
  • Nantucket
  • East Falmouth
  • Oak Bluffs
  • Edgartown
  • Tisbury
  • Forestdale
  • East Sandwich
  • Sagamore
  • North Falmouth
  • West Tisbury
  • Pocasset
  • Teaticket