To stay safe and prevent the spread of the dreadful COVID-19, we are all encouraged to stay home most of the time, wear face masks in public, avoid contact, and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.
Yet, if you suddenly had an electrical problem, you might be faced with some confusion on how to keep the guidelines while letting a stranger into your home.
Thankfully, it’s possible to safely hire a local electrician during COVID. We have prepared the tips to guide you.
What is expected of electricians in COVID-19?
The effects of the pandemic hit hard and hit everyone. It’s been over a year now so it’s safe to say all companies should already have established safety precautions. For electricians, precautions should include;
- Having a reliable supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves and masks.
- Training employees on safety measures in and out of their workstation.
- Using an effective and enhanced cleaning procedure.
- Establishing contactless payment options
- And several new policies that ensure safety
As a homeowner looking to hire a local electrician, you can take the following steps;
- Hire an electrician with all the right credentials. A professional electrician is more likely to take safety precautions seriously and give you peace of mind while working on your electrical needs. Ask for license and vet experience by describing your issue over a call.
- Go for a local electrician with a reputation. If you don’t already have a reliable electrical service, then you want to hire someone most people know and trust. Ask around for referrals or search the web for electricians near you.
- Talk about the elephant in the room first. Before committing and before fixing a service call, don’t hesitate to ask about the safety protocols in place. Ask questions about–
- The policies towards safety
- Contactless payment options
- PPE being used
- Sanitation measures in effect
- Has any employee tested positive for COVID19, been sick, or traveled in the last 2 weeks?
The answers should tell you if it’s safe to hire an electrician.
- Take precautions too. While the electrician should come prepared to keep himself and his clients safe, you should put measures in place to play your part. Follow the CDC’s guidelines for hiring in-home service or repairs, which include;
- Everyone in the house should wear a mask
- Maintain 6 feet distance from the electrician.
- Clean and disinfect all surfaces before and after the service.
- Make sure you’re not breaking any rules by checking the stay-at-home order in your state or local community.
- If you or anyone in your home is ill, postpone the service or stay outside the home.
- If the electrician seems sick, don’t let him into your home.
- Demand that the electrician wear a mask before entry.
- Avoid physical greetings.
- Ensure there is enough ventilation in the home like open windows.
- Minimize conversations between you and the electrician as much as possible.