CNN recently reported that according to medical examiner’s reports, the extreme heat wave has killed at least 147 people in just five counties across the nation. Sadly, Arizona is of the top in that list with 103 death reports in Pima and Maricopa County combined.
This has resulted in even more individuals being found days after they have passed in their homes. Sadly, many of those discoveries are only found after the body starts the decomposition process and an odor is noticed. An undiscovered death could pose a serious public health risk, especially if the deceased person had a contagious disease. If the death is not promptly discovered and reported, it could lead to the spread of diseases to others who encounter the body or the surrounding environment. Additionally, decomposing bodies can attract a variety of pests, including insects and rodents. These pests can further spread diseases and contribute to unsanitary conditions. With the recent extreme heat conditions and often the lack of air conditioning in homes, the severity of these perils can significantly increase.
When a loved one is discovered in such a state, it can be overwhelming and have psychological impacts. The owners of T.A.C.T. 48 know this from personal experience and it’s actually at the core as to why we started this business. We always say – and honestly believe – that the last memory should not be of the clean-up process of a loved one. Proper remediation takes extensive training to ensure that the entirety of the situation is cleared the first time to mitigate any further property damage and, more importantly, make the environment healthy for individuals to come back to. If you, a family member or friend ever encounter this type of situation, please call us so that we can provide the solution.