Next time you check into a motel room, ask yourself, what kind of things have happened in this room that might be harmful to me?
If the room was used to make methamphetamine, you could be putting yourself in some real danger. Authorities are issuing new warnings about meth contaminated motel rooms.
Law enforcement agencies around state are starting to see an increase in the number of meth labs in hotel motel rooms. Even after its removal, the dangers of a meth lab can remain behind if it's not cleaned up properly.
Alma Moore of CC&R Crime Cleanup says, "You don't just go in and remove it, you have to have the proper protection equipment on. You have to be trained. You have to know what you can be coming in contact with."
Red devil dye, peroxide, and ammonia are just few of the items used to make crystal meth. Together they create harmful and deadly gases.
Unsuspecting people can touch meth lab residue and display the same symptoms as a meth user.
DEP Eddie Eaton, a clandestine lab expert, says, "Most of these gases are real heavy gases like phosphate gas. It hugs to the bottom of the floor, so you walk into a motel room and put your child on the ground and your child is crawling around in those gases and stuff."
Alma Moore from CC&R Crime Scene Cleanup says not much gets left behind when it involves a meth lab cleanup.
"You have to go in strip the carpets, strip the drapes all these have to be disposed of. The bedding has to be disposed of. Anything that is porous has to be disposed of."
Currently there are only five states that have regulations involving clandestine meth lab cleanups. They include Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, Oregon, and Washington.
If you’re buying a home or staying in a motel, you can check for a previous meth lab with the red dye test. If distilled water turns red on the walls, chances are some one's been cooking.