“Meth lab” is the terminology used to describe the home production centers for methamphetamines. Methamphetamines are dangerous drugs that lead to psychological and physical dependence and are made with items that can be found in your local store. These meth labs will cook these substances together, and the manufacturing of these drugs require the use of toxic chemicals and heat. The drug itself is dangerous, but the Meth Lab is dangerous in it’s own right.
It has been estimated that 20 to 30% of small methamphetamine labs have been found by law officials on accident, because there was a fire or explosion in the lab itself that needed emergency services to remedy the situation. The chemicals used in the production of this drug are volatile when combined, but doubly so when combined with heat.
When emergency services respond to a call at the location of a methamphetamine lab, they are at risk for health problems from the toxic gases and smokes that are present in these locations. Most emergency response teams will use protective equipment and clothing to protect themselves from lung damage, eye and respiratory problems and chemical and heat burns. The toxic residues left in the walls, floors, other exposed areas in the building can last and affect people for years and must be specially cleaned and/or completely restored in order to eliminate toxins.