No matter the time of year, and regardless of a global pandemic or national lockdown, electrical emergencies at home can, and do, still occur. The good news is that electricians are still working here in the UK, and many are able to safely conduct business.
If you have an emergency electrical situation, please don’t hesitate to contact First Strike Electrical today by calling 0203 633 4536 – we cover a wide range of areas throughout London, including North London, West London, Camden, Islington, Notting Hill & Marylebone.
4 steps on hiring an electrician safely during lockdown
Here are some tips on how to reduce the risk of coronavirus during emergency electrical domestic work.
Electrical contractors and homeowners or residents should communicate with each other, ensuring that they are able to plan for work to be carried out safely. When both parties are on the same page, it adds further confidence for the customer as they know the work will be carried out safely within their home as the electrician is following the current government guidelines.
2. Are you showing symptoms of COVID-19?
It is better to be safe than sorry. This means that homeowners/ residents must inform the electrical contractor if they have symptoms of the coronavirus, or if they are in self-isolation before they enter the domestic property. It may seem like an awkward conversation to have on the phone, but it is necessary to ensure safety and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. It is equally important that these questions are asked in reverse as homeowners/ residents want to be reassured that the electrician is also symptom-free.
3. Keep socially distanced at all times
Both the homeowners/ residents and electrical contractors should make a conscious effort to remain at a safe distance from each other (2 metres/ 6ft). This also means that you must avoid shaking hands, offering refreshments or staying in the same room while work is being carried out, where possible of course.
4. Maintain good hygiene such as washing your hands regularly
Homeowners/ residents can ensure that the work area is clean and well ventilated (by opening a window). Electricians, on the other hand, must wash their hand regularly before, during and after they conduct their work – as well as making sure they dry their hands with their own hand towel. In conjunction with this, it is important they wear suitable protective clothing (PPE) such as a face covering, and take the time to wipe down tools and equipment used thoroughly. After which, disposing of these wipes, gloves and face covering.
Payment should be made electronically, alongside gaining electronic signatures instead of using papers and pens.
These are just a few tips that you should consider when hiring an electrician safely during lockdown. If you have an electrical emergency or need maintenance and repair work carried out in your home, please contact our team. We can help during the current coronavirus pandemic and have made changes to ensure safe working practices while carrying out essential domestic work.
Call us today on 0203 633 4536 or fill out our online contact form and we’ll be in touch.