Is the lockdown easing in phases in your area? You may have been postponing getting that electrical connection fixed or repairing your air conditioner for so long. But, if rules permit, you may call a technician or handyman home to fix things that you couldn’t do on your own during lockdown. However, follow these precautionary tips during and after their visit to ensure everyone’s safety.
Why Do You Need to Take Precautions?
All through the lockdown, your home sheltered only those whose health and whereabouts were known to you. But that is not the case with technicians and repairmen, who would have taken their own or public transport to come to your place from a different part of the city. They might even have been exposed to people who haven’t been well either during work or at home. Hence, it is advisable to adopt hygiene measures that ensure they don’t unwittingly bring germs and infections into your home.
Here are some simple tips for the safety of your family and the handymen:
1) Wear a Face Mask
Check if the technician or repairman is wearing a face mask that covers his nose and mouth before allowing him inside your home. They need to wear this mask the entire time they are at your home. If they do not have a face covering, consider providing them with a clean, unused one. If you or anyone from the family is interacting with them, then you should also wear a face mask at all times. Click here if you want to know how to wash or dispose reusable face masks correctly.
2) Maintain Personal Hygiene
When the technician arrives, first ask him to wash his hands thoroughly using soap and water for 20 seconds. Ensure he is washing his hands correctly as explained here.
Once he finishes his task, ask him to wash his hands again with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser such as those available from Lifebuoy. Ensure the handyman washes his hands before and after his work, or if he uses any of your household items like a stool or a bucket. If you handed him a piece of cloth or rag for his work, ensure you dispose it carefully in the bin.
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Try to minimise the interaction with him as much as possible. Also, maintain 6 feet distance from him and ask other family members to stay in another room while he finishes his job. According to CDC, activities are safer if you can maintain at least 6 feet of space between you and others.
3) Clean the Area
Clean and disinfect the rooms or areas where the technician worked once he leaves. Keep a track of things he touched and disinfect all high touch surfaces such as switches, door handles, window handles, AC remote, tables, chairs and taps. Try cleaning and disinfecting these commonly touched surfaces and any shared items after the technician finishes his task.
You can use a suitable disinfectant spray such as Domex Multi-Purpose Disinfectant Spray,which kills germs. Always test on a small hidden area and read the instructions on the pack for usage and compatible surfaces.
Another high touch surface is the floor. You can clean and disinfect the floor using a suitable disinfectant floor cleaner, like a sodium-hypochlorite based product such as Domex Floor Cleaner. Follow instructions on the pack for usage and compatible surfaces and always test on an inconspicuous area first.
With these precautionary tips handy, you can get your home fixed without worrying about germs.
If you are hiring the technician or electrician from an agency, it is a good idea to do a background check of their rating based on hygiene and cleanliness.