In early August of this year, the Surrey Comet’s Alice Foster reported on an incident in Surrey, England, which should serve as a cautionary tale for all business owners that choose to take on the do-it-yourself route when it comes to their regular cleaning operations. A pub worker named Jason Smith mistakenly poured an anti-scaling agent (which removes dirt and grime buildup) down a urinal along with some bleach. This mixture led to the accidental formation of poisonous chlorine gas.
Smith immediately realized his horrible mistake when he saw vapor coming out of the urinal. Unfortunately by that time it was already too late and he had inhaled the toxic fumes. The pub worker’s experience serves as a reminder to those who take on the task of cleaning their homes or business premises without knowing the dangers involved in mixing chemicals. If you need to get rid of stubborn dirt and grime on your driveway, deck, or siding, you should hire a professional pressure washing service provider that knows what they are doing and uses only eco-friendly cleaning agents.
It wasn’t long after his brief exposure to the harmful gas that Smith felt his eyes stinging and his lungs burning. Luckily, Smith had the presence of mind to leave the premises to call emergency services. It was eventually discovered that the unsuspecting employee had just been exposed to the same substance that killed thousands during World War I.
Even if Smith managed to escape certain death, he still suffered serious effects due to toxic exposure. His chest pains subsequently persisted for three days after the incident. If he had elected to stay on and completed his task, he would have likely suffered from pneumonia, vomiting, or possibly succumbed to the poisonous gas.
Business owners must therefore do everything possible to protect employees and customers from accidental exposure to toxic substances. It will never be worth it to risk the health and lives of others when carrying out routine cleaning tasks. It is highly advisable to enlist the services of reputable commercial pressure washing companies like Renew Crew that use safe and effective proprietary cleaning products.
Rather than rely on DIY cleaning measures or leave complex cleaning tasks in the hands of untrained staff, business proprietors must prioritize safety above everything else. When it comes to commercial pressure washing, a trusted company like Renew Crew uses only safe and environmentally responsible products to get rid of filth. They will also rinse and protect newly cleaned surfaces with a special protective sealant.