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Bio-One Donates First Aid Kits in Recognition of National Police Week

 

Cherokee County, GA– In recognition of National Police Week, May 9-15, Bio-One thanked first responders by donating first aid kits to Cherokee County Sheriffs Department as well as Cobb County Sheriffs Department and Marietta PD  as part of the nationwide campaign #HelpFirst for First Responders. Throughout the week, Bio-One offices in 41 states distributed a cumulative of 5,000 first aid kits which included alcohol swabs, Advil, gloves, gauze pads, and an assortment of bandages.

 

The #HelpFirst campaign aligns with the Bio-One motto, Help First, Business Second, and will be used to help officers and community members in the event of a minor medical emergency. 

 

“Bio-One respects and values all First Responders and Police Officers.  The men and women who serve our community deserve to be recognized daily, not just once a year,” said Becca Phillips, owner of Bio-One. “It is our honor to give back in any way we can to these brave men and women.”

 

 

 

As a 2021 corporate sponsor of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Bio-One, Inc. will also pay tribute to fallen officers during the virtual 33rd Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 at 8:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on Facebook, YouTube, and LawMemorial.org/CV.

 

“We are so thankful for Bio-One’s corporate partnership and their continued support of the Memorial Fund,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. “This partnership will further bolster the Memorial Fund’s mission of honoring America’s Law Enforcement, as well as provide support for the Museum’s upcoming exhibition opening in September. We are grateful for their commitment.” 

 

Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the fallen, telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., which honors the names of all of the 22,611 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history.  

 

About Bio-One 

Bio-One, a crime and trauma scene cleaning franchise, operates in City of Atlanta, Cherokee, Cobb,  DeKalb, Floyd, Fulton, Gilmer, Paulding, and Pickens Counties (to name a few),. Bio-One is committed to providing excellent service in recovery and suicide cleanup, homicide cleanup, hoarding situations, junk removal, deceased animal recovery, feces removal, pest and rodent droppings and much more. Each Bio-One office is independently owned and operated by a member of the local community. For more information about Bio-One, visit us at BioOneCherokeeClounty.com

 

 

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The California Police Athletic Federation (CPAF) is proud to announce that the 2021 United States Police & Fire Championships (USPFC) are now Presented by Bio-One, Inc. 

 

Operating under the motto, "Help First, Business Second," Bio-One provides high-level decontamination and biohazard cleanup services while offering clients the privacy and compassion needed at difficult times. Bio-One operates in 41 states with over 110 locations and is committed to providing first-class service. 

 

"We are thrilled to add Bio-One as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2021 USPFC because   First Responders warrant our support," said California Police Athletic Federation President LC Collins. "Bio-One’s reputation is second to none, and with their partnership, we can offer first responders a health and wellness outlet.  We look forward to working with them for years to come."

 

Founded by San Diego Police Lieutenant Veon "Duke" Nyhus, The United States Police & Fire Championships were first held in San Diego in 1967. Duke recognized the need to promote physical fitness and camaraderie among the Public Safety and First Responder community members. 

 

The USPFC caters to active and retired public safety and first responders who participate in Olympic-style competitions and open to individuals representing firefighters, law enforcement, and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration, and customs across the country. Traditionally athletes compete in 45+ sporting events from biathlon to motocross across 35+ venues in Southern California.

 

"At Bio-One our support for Law Enforcement and Fire Service Officers is unwavering, and we're thrilled to partner with the California Police Athletic Federation during this memorable event," said Nick-Anthony Zamucen, founder of Bio-One. "We wish each athlete success and look forward to celebrating these everyday heroes."

 

The 2021 USPFC Presented by Bio-One will take place from June 10th to the 19th in venues across San Diego, California, and strengthen the relationship between First Responders and the community for many years to come!

 

About the United States Police and Fire Championships

The California Police Athletic Federation (CPAF) is the parent organization of two multi-sport programs designed for peace officers and firefighters. The World Police & Fire Games (WPFG) are open to active and retired law enforcement and fire service personnel throughout the world. The United States Police & Fire Championships (USPFC) are open to active or retired public safety and first responder personnel from an eligible agency within the USA. For more information, please visit www.uspfc.org. 

 

Disinfection vs Decontamination

March 30, 2020 by Rebecca Phillips

Bio-One Cherokee County COVID-19

In light of the new "super virus" break outs many argue that disinfecting at home or at work is not enough.  The belief is decontamination is king.  The problem is, how can a space touched and inhabited by numerous people ever actually be decontaminated.  And, if it can, for how long? 

 

With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, businesses as well as individuals are wanting to eliminate the threat within their homes, or more importantly...at work.  Decontamination is the process of decreasing antimicrobial presence in an area or on a surface. Sterilization is actually a type of decontamination along with disinfection and antisepsis. Disinfection is not done to remove all contaminants, but instead reduces the amount of contamination.  In our day to day lives, disinfection seems to be the most realistic option when it comes to fighting pathogens.  Pathogens encompass viruses, bacteria, fungus, and parasites. Fighting these threats need to be done safely and with proper procedures. 

 

If possible, use gloves during your disinfection cleaning. Start by removing all debris from your home or work space either by vacuuming or sweeping.  Then use proper EPA registered chemicals, such as Lysol or Clorox products known to kill bacteria and viruses. Remember,  not every product kills them all. You can read the label to make sure the product is registered with the EPA and to see what strains of bacteria and viruses the product kills.  Follow the directions on the bottle, always using clean disposable cloths wiping in a method as not to recontaminate areas that had already been cleaned.  Focus on "high touch" areas such as grab rails, bathrooms, kitchen counters, remotes, etc.  Keeping laundry clean and even steam cleaning upholstered furniture helps limit the risk of your home or office becoming contaminated.  Daily disinfection of high touch areas is highly recommended.  

 

Often a space may be too large or inhabited by too many people to tackle on your own.  In this event it may be time to call in the professionals.  A bio-hazard clean up company like, Bio-One would be the best solution.  Companies such as Bio-One have highly trained technicians using proprietary chemicals, known for killing some of the strongest pathogens.  They also follow  strict protocol for proper cleaning technique and proper equipment allow for optimal conditions to reduce the risk of contaminants wreaking havoc in your daily lives. 

 

Bio-One is committed to providing excellent service in disinfection, suicide cleanup, homicide cleanup, hoarding situations, junk removal, deceased animal recovery, feces removal, pest and rodent droppings and much more. We are independently owned and operated by a member of your local community. For more information, visit us at BioOneCherokeeCounty.com or email at Info@BioOneCherokeeCounty.com

The coronavirus is proving to be tricky to treat .  There are certain cleaning combinations that appear to kill the virus on surfaces.  The best way for cleaning those surfaces is with a solution that’s 62% to 72% ethanol, .5% hydrogen peroxide, or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite within 1 minute of contamination, according to investigators with University Medicine Greifswald and Ruhr University Bochum in Germany whose study ran as an article in press in the Journal of Hospital Infection (JHI)

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The viral load of coronaviruses on inanimate objects during an outbreak is unknown, but it’s plausible that disinfection methods should help, especially when applied to frequently touched surfaces where you might expect the virus to be most potent. 

For areas such as airports and cruise ships it may be best to call in professional cleaning companies.  They have access to the proper chemicals in large quantities.  Companies such as Bio-One could help disinfect large areas that are at the most risk for contamination.  www.bioonecherokeecounty.com Washing hands can not be discounted.  Using hand sanitizer in a pinch is better than nothing.  

 

Patients who test positive for coronavirus should be quarantined until they no longer display signs of the virus.  At the first appearance of symptoms it important to seek medical attention immediately. For more information visit www.bioonecherokeecounty.com

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What about using flowery plug ins or sprays?  What about fancy candles?  Nope, none of those will work.  Buyers are suspicious the minute they smell those cover ups.  Not to mention "fragrancegate" will not remove or even mask the odor.  If anything it will bring more attention to it.

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If you smoke in your home and you would like to sell your home, you need to roll up your sleeves because smoke removal is not a simple process.  Let's start with step one, STOP SMOKING!  Your home AND body will thank you!  Next, try having your air ducts professionally cleaned.  Clean your walls with a soap, water and a vinegar mixture.  Green Apple Dawn seems to work well.  Have all flooring and furniture professionally cleaned. Clean all bedding, clothing, towels, etc. Remove any fabric window coverings and throw away!  These steps will help but often the smell requires more attention. 

If all else fails, it's time to call in the professionals like Bio-One.  Their proprietary chemicals and air scrubbers can certainly be the solution.  The process may take a full day and you may have to leave your home for a few hours while they use what is called an ozone machine.  Even after all of this, it may be necessary to paint your walls and change out any carpet.  But, if you have a home that would regularly sell for $200,000, it will be well worth the $40,000 to $60,000 that may be added to your value and ultimately your wallet!  Contact Bio-One today for a free estimate!www.bioonecherokeecounty.com

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In the unfortunate event that a guest dies in your vacation rental the first step you should take is to notify the company who the guest rented through and your insurance company.  Next, if possible, find out from the First Responders whether there are any Bio Hazards present. If it happens to be a high profile death be sure to change all lock box codes and secure any valuable items in the home.  This can be a hot bed for crooks.

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If there are Bio Hazards present it would be best to call in a professional clean up company like Bio-One Inc.www.bioonecherokeecounty.com. When the professionals arrive they will take detailed pictures for you to present to the rental company and your insurance company. They will also document what areas of the home have Bio Hazards present. 

 

Any items left behind by the deceased need to be catalogued and bagged for family.  It is advisable to have a third party there to take pictures prior to removing these items.

Once your rental property has been properly cleaned and all affected items disposed of in a safe manner, you should be able to re-enter the home. At this point your home should be available for new renters.

 

It is important to keep all receipts and information provided to you from the First Responders and Bio-One.  Submit these items to the rental company and your insurance company in a timely manner.  Typically they will work out the dispursments between themselves.  If you missed out on rental fees due to the clean up, you can request reimbursement from the rental company. You may also keep any deposits to cover missed rental opportunities or unexpected charges.

 

The key is to stay on top of things.  Documentation and pictures are a must.  You will find trusting professionals like Bio-One will ensure that all potential hazards are eliminated.  

 

Written by Becca Phillips owner Bio-One Cherokee County.  This is in no way  legal advise.  You may want to seek legal counsel in this type of situation.

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Loving cats is understandable, they can be the best furry family members around!   As much as we love them, they do create a problem with their urine, it can ruin a home.  This smell makes it difficult when going to sell your home or if it's time to move out of a rental property.  Getting a handle on it before it causes permanent damage is critical.  

Odor from cat urine can be removed by Bio-One

Neutering your can may stop spraying

Male cats tend to be the largest culprits for urine damage.  When a male cat is not neutered, they will mark their territory leaving many surface areas damaged.  This kind of damage can go unnoticed for days or even months.  Once it penetrates flooring, and often sub-flooring, it makes it difficult to remove. 

 

The best option in this case, is to have your cat neutered by a veterinarian-  a simple, safe practice that is often included when you adopt a cat from a shelter or rescue.

 

If your cat is not adopted from a shelter, it would be advisable to make an appointment with your cats vet.  The sooner the better, because spraying can get out of hand very quickly! 

Investing in a good, high quality litter box, as well as good quality litter, is a must.  Clay litter does not prove to be the best at reducing urine odor and/or absorbing the excrement.  Wood pellets tend to do the best job but still require consistent cleaning. 

 

Depending on the number of cats in your family, it may be wise to invest in multiple litter boxes.  A plastic tray is also a good choice for protecting the flooring around your litter boxes. 

 

If it is too late for these proactive procedures you can try treating the area with a mixture of white vinegar, dish detergent and baking soda.  If this does not remove the odor, you will likely have to call in the professionals.

Litter and litter box options matter

Bio-One of Cherokee County are leaders in odor removal services. Often proprietary chemicals, like those that Bio-One uses, are the only way to eliminate pesky cat urine odors. Contact us today and get a free odor removal quote. We will get rid of the smell for good and restore the area to a pre-feline state! 

Loving cats is understandable, they can be the best furry family members around!   As much as we love them, they do create a problem with their urine, it can ruin a home.  This smell makes it difficult when going to sell your home or if it's time to move out of a rental property.  Getting a handle on it before it causes permanent damage is critical.  

Odor from cat urine can be removed by Bio-One

Neutering your can may stop spraying

Male cats tend to be the largest culprits for urine damage.  When a male cat is not neutered, they will mark their territory leaving many surface areas damaged.  This kind of damage can go unnoticed for days or even months.  Once it penetrates flooring, and often sub-flooring, it makes it difficult to remove. 

 

The best option in this case, is to have your cat neutered by a veterinarian-  a simple, safe practice that is often included when you adopt a cat from a shelter or rescue.

 

If your cat is not adopted from a shelter, it would be advisable to make an appointment with your cats vet.  The sooner the better, because spraying can get out of hand very quickly! 

Investing in a good, high quality litter box, as well as good quality litter, is a must.  Clay litter does not prove to be the best at reducing urine odor and/or absorbing the excrement.  Wood pellets tend to do the best job but still require consistent cleaning. 

 

Depending on the number of cats in your family, it may be wise to invest in multiple litter boxes.  A plastic tray is also a good choice for protecting the flooring around your litter boxes. 

 

If it is too late for these proactive procedures you can try treating the area with a mixture of white vinegar, dish detergent and baking soda.  If this does not remove the odor, you will likely have to call in the professionals.

Litter and litter box options matter

Bio-One of Cherokee County are leaders in odor removal services. Often proprietary chemicals, like those that Bio-One uses, are the only way to eliminate pesky cat urine odors. Contact us today and get a free odor removal quote. We will get rid of the smell for good and restore the area to a pre-feline state! 

Germs have been rough this year and continue to hit during spring. Reports on the potential dangers of antibiotic-resistant superbugs mingle with discussions of the effectiveness of vaccinations and various other medical interventions. While germs may be too small to be seen with the naked eye, encountering them can have a major impact on your health, and these microscopic menaces can lie in wait on a wide array of common surfaces. How long can germs live on surfaces? And what can you do to protect yourself and your health?

HOW LONG CAN GERMS LIVE ON SURFACES?

When germs are on the prowl, no place is safe. Buses, commuter trains, rental cars, and private vehicles transport both people and virulent germs. Retail establishments, health clubs, educational institutions, restaurants, hotel rooms, and even cruise ship cabins can shelter germs. In fact, practically anything that you touch can expose you to germs, putting your health at risk. According to the National Health Service, the lifespan of a germ varies depending on the type of germ and the surface that it is on. How long can germs live on surfaces? Below we explore a few common examples.

COLD GERMS

The common cold is a frequent source of misery. A variety of viruses can trigger it, and like other viruses, cold germs tend to survive for longer periods on hard, nonporous surfaces like desktops and handrails. On suitable indoor surfaces, cold germs can linger for days, but fortunately they rarely remain infectious for more than 24 hours. Cold viruses can also thrive on the skin, but their survival time there is generally measured in mere minutes or hours.

INFLUENZA GERMS

Viruses that cause influenza can survive in the air as droplets for hours and live on hard surfaces like phones and keyboards for up to 24 hours. Infectious flu viruses clinging to a tissue can last for about 15 minutes, but viruses on the hands tend to fade quickly. Most will be only a minimal threat after five minutes. It may be a small window of time, but influenza germs don’t warn you of their presence and can make you very sick if you’re unlucky enough to encounter them when they’re infectious.

NOROVIRUS GERMS

A highly contagious virus that triggers stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea in those unfortunate enough to catch it, a norovirus can spread through small droplets that travel through the air before settling on surfaces like elevator buttons, table tops, and clothing. While they don’t thrive as successfully on porous materials like tissues and fabrics, noroviruses can survive on hard surfaces for days or weeks if the conditions are favorable.

MRSA GERMS

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria, the culprits behind dangerous MRSA infections, are unfazed by many of the antibiotics that are effective in combating other staph infections. Like viruses, these germs tend to survive for shorter periods on porous surfaces than they do on nonporous ones, but they’re capable of living for days or weeks on surfaces if the circumstances are right. It is important to call in professionals like Bio-One Cherokee County,  to clean your home and even your vehicle.www.bioonecherokeecounty.com

PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM GERMS

Everyone has seen it. If you’ve worked in restaurants or other public venues, you may even have wielded it: the dreaded wet, grey rag. Habitually passed over tabletops between customers with a few desultorily swipes, it is an obviously inadequate weapon when it comes to eradicating germs. But what is required to disinfect a surface?

DISINFECTING BASICS

If you want to kill the germs lurking on a surface, you need to choose an appropriate disinfectant. You also have to apply it properly. That means saturating the surface with enough of the germ-fighting chemical to get the job done and ensuring that there’s enough contact time (time when the chemical is on the surface) to allow it to eliminate any germs present. Choosing a low-grade disinfectant or skimping on either saturation or contact time can compromise your germ-fighting efforts, so it’s vital that you choose your products carefully and read and follow their directions.

At Bio-One, we see first hand that clutter and hoarding can overtake someone's life. It may not happen quickly but over time, it starts to affect those living in that environment and everyone around them. The third week of march starts Clutter Awareness Week.

If you or someone you know is showing signs of clutter accumulation, now is the perfect time to sit down and talk about it. This may be a difficult subject as objects can become personal and emotional as we attach our memories to them. According to the American Psychiatric Association, "The worst thing to do is to volunteer to go in and throw things away for them or to go in and throw things away when they are not around." Upsetting your loved one will only make things worse. Having a conversation and letting them know professionals can help work with them is the safest and easiest way to declutter a home.

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