Police officers face many dangerous situations in the course of their day-to-day work. Everyone who wears a badge knows that he or she will encounter perilous, potentially life-threatening circumstances in the line of duty. What most police officers don't know, though, is that one very serious hazard exists not out on the street, but in their very own facilities. Evidence rooms are essential to routine police operations, but they can also be dangerous because of the types of material contained within them. Here are some of the best practices for selecting evidence room air purification systems, as well as some of the units we recommend.
Get a Unit That's Adequate for the Space
One common mistake that police departments make when arranging their evidence room air purification systems is choosing a unit that is too small. All air purifiers come with recommended square footage ratings, but it's fairly common for actual room sizes to fall between the capacities of different units. When this is the case, it's best to err on the side of caution and get a unit rated for a larger space. Even though you might be paying for a bit more than you need, it's much better than purchasing a unit that won't provide adequate coverage for your entire evidence room.
Don't Skip Out on VOC Protection
When selecting evidence room air purification systems, some departments focus only on particulate contaminants. Of course, this is somewhat understandable, as mold is one of the primary hazards in an evidence locker. Choosing an air purifier that only removes particles, however, can leave officers and evidence room staff unprotected from the gases, odors and VOCs that can build up. Buying a unit with carbon filtration will help broaden the range of contaminants that employees are afforded some protection from.
What Units Do We Recommend?
Though the needs of each individual police department will be different, we've put together a list of some of the units we consider best for evidence room air purification:
- Amaircare Units: One of our most popular brands, Amaircare, offers several units that may be useful in keeping evidence rooms healthy and safe. The 4000 VOC can provide coverage for smaller spaces, while units like the 7500 can cover larger rooms.
- Electrocorp RSU and RAP: Two of Electrocorp's commercial models, the RSU and the RAP, offer powerful filtration while taking up little floor space. These units are often favored for smaller evidence rooms where space is a commodity.
- Blueair Pro XL: For small rooms, the Blueair Pro XL is a good choice that won't break the budget. With it's quiet operation, it also won't distract those who are working in the evidence room.
- Airpura UV600: Featuring both carbon and HEPA filtration, the Airpura UV 600 is a good all-around air purifier that offers protection against a wide range of contaminants. As an added bonus, its included UV light offers additional protection against bacteria, viruses and mold spores.
- Allerair Pro 6 MG Vocarb: Like the Airpura UV 600, the Allerair Pro 6 MC Vocarb offers HEPA, carbon and UV filtration to target many different pollutants.
- EnviroKlenz: A recently-introduced unit that offers the kind of filtration needed for evidence room air purification is the EnviroKlenz. Though it still protects users from particles and VOCs, it uses a proprietary filtering system that filters VOCs without the use of treated carbon.
Although these are some of our top units, we encourage any police department looking into evidence room air purification systems to contact us directly for individual guidance. If your budget and space allow, it may also be advisable to use multiple units to provide better coverage.