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How Bio-One Can Disinfect Areas Impacted by Tear Gas Residue

How Bio-One Can Disinfect Areas Impacted by Tear Gas Residue

Though it's rarely fatal, exposure to tear gas may result in diseases and health risks. The residue left behind can be dangerous. Bio-One offers tear gas removal services in the Orange County area to residential and commercial settings. Our certified technicians use the latest technology and the highest industry standards to remediate areas impacted by tear gas.

What is tear gas?


Tear gas is a chemical weapon that causes severe eye and respiratory irritation. Commonly referred to as riot gas, tear gas is rarely fatal, and, though it is classified as a riot-control agent, its use is banned in warfare by the Geneva Protocol of 1925. It is still used for crowd control by law enforcement agencies worldwide.


Tear gas works by causing irritation to the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, and throat, leading to a burning sensation and difficulty breathing.

Tear gas outdoors police. Photo credit: Baudouin Wisselmann/Unsplash. Bio-One of Orange.

In some cases, it can also cause vomiting and diarrhea. The effects of tear gas are temporary and typically last for 15-30 minutes. However, they can be much more severe if the person is enclosed in a small space, such as a car or room.

Riot protest, tear gas in environment. Photo credit: Colin Lloyd/Unsplash. Bio-One of Orange.

When deployed, tear gas releases a cloud of aerosolized particles that float in the air. These particles can spread quickly and affect people who are downwind of the initial deployment. Tear gas is commonly deployed in canisters or grenades that explode on impact. The police often fire tear gas canisters into a crowd from a distance using a launcher.


It's important to notice that tear gas is not the same as pepper spray; the difference lies in the biological material used to create these compounds.

What are the risks of exposure to tear gas?


If you are exposed to tear gas, removing yourself from the affected areas is important as quickly as possible. Try to hold your breath and avoid touching your face if you can. Once you are away from the gas source, remove any clothing that may have been contaminated and take a cold shower, scrubbing your skin with soap water.

Tear gas residue can linger in the HVAC system, so it's also important to ventilate the area where you were exposed to tear gas. Open all the doors and windows to let fresh air in. If possible, use a fan to circulate the air. You should also avoid using air conditioners or ventilation systems that recirculate indoor air. Exposure to tear gas can cause several health risks, including:


  • Respiratory problems

  • Skin irritation

  • Burning eyes

  • Blurred vision

  • Excessive tearing

  • Difficulty breathing


If you have asthma or another respiratory condition, exposure to tear gas can be especially dangerous, and in rare cases, it can lead to a fatal asthma attack. Infants, children, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions are also at increased risk for complications from tear gas exposure.

Technicians in PPE gear. Photo credit: Bio-One of Orange.

How does Bio-One clean up areas affected by tear gas residue?


If you've been exposed to tear gas or if there is residue in your home or business, it's essential to call a professional tear gas cleanup company like Bio-One. Our certified technicians have the training and experience to safely and effectively clean up areas impacted by tear gas residue.


We follow strict guidelines and have the proper equipment to remediate areas affected by tear gas. This includes personal protective equipment (PPE) for our crew members, as well as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-approved cleaning solutions.

The importance of proper decontamination after exposure to tear gas


It is important to remember that tear gas is a weapon and should be treated as such. If you are caught in a tear gas attack, staying calm and moving away from the area as quickly as possible is crucial. Covering your mouth and nose with a cloth can help reduce the gas's effects. If you have any pre-existing respiratory conditions, it is important to always carry your medication with you.


Keep in mind that the tear gas removal process may be extremely difficult. At Bio-One, we'll work with your insurance company to take care of everything and ensure you return to a safe, hazard-free environment.

Technicians entering a home. Photo credit: Bio-One of Orange.

In case of any emergency, give us a call. For us, it's Help First, Business Second!

Technicians preparing for tear gas cleanup. Photo credit: Bio-One of Orange.



Bio-One of Orange offers solutions to life's most challenging and unexpected situations. We guarantee a quick response time, so you can rest assured that help is always on the way. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Bio-One prides itself on providing top-quality service and support. If you're facing a difficult situation, don't hesitate to contact the Bio-One team. We're prepared to help you every step of the way, all the time.


Our customers' well-being and peace are always our priority, and business comes second. We want to ensure that customers who need our help know what to expect from our services. 

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Our certified, professional tear gas cleaning technicians are ready to help. Bio-One of Orange is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Contact us at 714-397-8375.

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Rafael Alemán.

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