When COVID-19 first hit the media, many people didn’t buy into the idea that this would affect them, let alone hit the world scale.
But now that we’re over half-way through 2020 and from the looks of it, we still aren’t done with this global pandemic. As cases and casualties continue to add up, even the experts only have educated guesses as to when this will finally be over.
In the meantime, the best way to go about our lives and keep each other safe is to do exactly what we’ve been advised: wear a mask, keep 6 feet away from others, and carry hand sanitizer.
Amidst the organized chaos of going outside, life still goes on; we need to eat and drink water, get rest, maintain our health and homes, and the list goes on.
We can’t always control the incidents that happen, but they can directly affect our lives no matter how big or small.
This includes small inconveniences like not having hot water in the shower, a leaky faucet, or a loose door hinge to problems as big as a flooded basement, broken fences, or a tree getting toppled over and landing in the driveway while taking down power lines.
These can happen at a moment’s notice. No matter how small or big, having a plan of action makes fixing the problem much smoother and more likely to succeed without running into any more hitches.
On any regular day, handling home issues would be as simple as hiring someone or just fixing it yourself with the tools you have, maybe making a run to Home Depot. Today, it’s not that easy.
Lines at supermarkets and hardware stores are getting longer while essential supplies are selling like hot cakes, leaving others stranded without them.
On top of that, repairmen and handymen need to be much more vigilant about not just fixing the problem as soon as possible, but also making sure the operation is done safely without getting themselves or anyone around them sick. For that, we have to take extra precautions.
The easiest way to keep home emergencies from happening is to prepare beforehand.
Know what appliances and spaces have recently been maintained and which haven’t. Anticipate what might come apart and replace it sooner than later.
At the very least, keep supplies handy. That includes equipment like gloves, masks, and sanitizer. The last thing anyone wants is to not have something when they need it most and finding it out it’s out of stock in nearby stores.
In addition, have a first aid kit and a home emergency kit with a list of emergency numbers at-hand. Pandemic or no pandemic, these are lifesavers in tight situations.
Of course, we can’t predict everything and some tasks just can’t wait. So how do we safely handle a household emergency?
The CDC has given guidelines, all of which we should be doing outside the home. They also apply when dealing with fixes at home.
Keep a mask on at all times while observing social distance rules. Keep yourself protected even more by wearing disposable gloves and shoe covers while keeping spares near you. This is important, especially if you’ll be going inside and outside multiple times.
Make sure that the workspace you’re about to get started with is also sprayed down and disinfected. Before, throughout, and after the job, don’t forget to apply hand sanitizer.
While working, avoid touching your face. Not just for virus and bacteria risks, but to prevent sanitizer or dirt from irritating your eyes and nose.
An important to note is that tools can also carry viruses and bacteria. By disinfecting your equipment, you only decrease the chances of them stirring sickness. You also make yourself and those around you that much safer.
You’ve finished your work without any injuries. Now, it’s time to wrap everything up the COVID way.
Use a different pair of gloves when you start packing your tools and gear. Sanitize the equipment again and put them away. Don’t forget to disinfect the work area once more before leaving.
Provided you follow the steps and guidelines carefully, the chances of anything being transmitted should be virtually zero.
Done right, your family will only appreciate you more for taking care of the home. Your customers will continue to trust you and seek your help for future work, knowing that you know value their safety.
The number one priority for everyone is staying safe. That’s exactly why the CDC and WHO strongly enforce social distancing while wearing a mask and using sanitizer.
With or without COVID in the picture, we just want to finish the job without getting hurt. The safer we are, the safer our families and clients will be because we can focus on the job at hand without worrying about getting hurt. However, we can’t let safety slow us down.
Imagine wearing a gas mask instead of wearing an N95 mask. Instead of having sanitizer on hand, you have to go back and forth to a sink and wash your hands with soap. Not only will you weigh yourself down, but you lose daylight.
We want workers and handymen to be safe as well as comfortable, agile and efficient. Don’t let your equipment slow you down!
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