Many areas of the US are currently under lockdown, with residents sheltering in place and numerous businesses forced to close their doors. However, home repair services are generally considered essential, similar to grocery stores and pharmacies.

It's a troubling time we're living in, but no matter what's going on outside, everyone needs their plumbing, electricity, HVAC, roofing, and everything else to be in working order, especially if they'll be stuck in their homes for the foreseeable future.

So when an urgent call comes in and something needs to be repaired or installed, it's important for you, the home service professional, to be prepared.

Here's a checklist of things to help keep everyone safe (in no particular order of importance):

  1. Don’t work if you have a fever or other symptoms.

  2. Ask if anyone is sick before visiting a home.

  3. Wear disposable gloves & shoe covers.

  4. Keep 6 feet away from others.

  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth on the job.

  6. Carry hand sanitizer on your belt.

  7. Remain cool, calm, and collected during your visit - it's a stressful time for everyone and your serene attitude will be appreciated.

  8. Cover sneezes or coughs with tissues, if possible, or else with an upper sleeve or shoulder.

  9. Frequently wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

  10. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.