The COVID-19 lock-down has more people in tight spaces than what would be considered normal at the family home, and it’s inevitable that maintenance issues are going to arise.
Whether you’ve simply blown a fuse, or one of the kids flushed a full roll of the world’s greatest commodity (toilet paper) down the commode, you’re going to need to call an expert in to assist.
But is it safe to have a tradie in your home during the Coronavirus crisis?
Due to the nature of their role, tradies are under an enormous amount of strain during this time. By it’s very nature their job requires them to expose themselves to potentially unsafe environments – environments that have become even more unsafe than usual – and the economic impacts of COVID-19 have the potential to threaten their livelihood.
For this reason, workplaces across the construction and maintenance industries are taking extra precautions to ensure that their staff are educated in and practising the necessary measures to limit the spread of CONVID-19.
These include the standard measures outlined by the Federal Government, such as not shaking customers hands, keeping their distance from others in the home and wearing gloves.
There are also a few ways for you to maintain peace-of-mind when inviting a tradie into your home while ensuring the safety of the tradesperson and broader community.
– If you are in self-isolation due to recent overseas travel or close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, do not see visitors, including tradespeople.
– Greet the tradie at the door but remain a safe “social distance” away. This means you likely won’t be able to shake their hand.
– Offer them the chance to wash their hands before they start their job, and provide a clean or paper towel to dry them.
– Tell the tradie if you are feeling unwell, and either stay well away or confined to a bedroom for the duration of their visit.
Should both yourself and the trade follow these simple measures in regards to COVID-19, there is little reason to be concerned about contracting the virus – and even less reason to Google search “how to unclog a toilet myself”.