Electricians have, thankfully, been considered Key workers throughout the pandemic; which means emergency call-outs were still possible. But in the wind-down of Lockdown, with people heading back to work and schools reopening, is it safe to call an electrician in for more than emergency work? And if so, what can we do to keep ourselves safe? The short answer is: Yes, you can. We’re aware that Covid is still a possibility, but there are ways you can lower the risk for both you and your electrician (we’re people too!).
- Communication is Key!: We like to stay in contact with our clients at the best of times, but never be afraid to reach out to your electrician if you have any concerns. Make sure your electrician knows what work needs to be carried out, and if you can share photos with them before they arrive it could help speed the process. If you’re worried something might be unsafe, they need to know. And if we discover a problem that we weren’t expecting, we’ll keep you informed as we go.
- Acknowledge Symptoms: This might seem like an obvious one, but if you have any hesitation about whether your home is Covid-free, rebook your appointment. 10/10 electricians would rather rearrange their day than risk being off work for two weeks. You need to value their health, and time, as well as your own. If you’re not sure what the symptoms for Covid are, the link is here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
- Keeping Your Distance: Whilst this might seem tricky when your electrician is entering your home, little things make all the difference. Stepping back from the door when we arrive, giving a polite wave rather than shaking our hands, and leaving us to do our work. If you’re not confident about leaving your electrician, consider our first rule about communication. There should be no nasty surprises for either of us. 2m or 6ft distance is the official guideline, and we’d like to stick to it. Payments should be made electronically, as well as collecting electronic signatures.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Your electrician should be wearing more than a simple face covering, to keep both of you safe. They will also provide themselves with gloves, insulated to protect from electric shock, flame resistant clothes, safety shoes and safety glasses. If, however, they ask you to wear a face covering as well, please remember they are thinking of your safety as well as theirs, and it only needs to be in their presence. Better to be safe than sorry.
- Keep it Hygienic: Whilst we’ll carry our own antibacterial gel, if you could let us know where your nearest sink is so that we can wash our hands whilst we’re working we’d really appreciate it. They should dry their hands on their own hand towel, thoroughly wipe down any surfaces or tools that they use, and safely dispose of any wipes, gloves etc.
We’re proud to say these are standards we keep to on every call-out, emergency or otherwise, and if you’d like to know more, contact us at: