How To Deal With Household Emergencies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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( — November 13, 2020) — Exactly a year ago, nobody would have ever thought that COVID-19 would give birth to a global epidemic, let alone a health and economic crisis. But, here we are, in the wake of the pandemic with hopes that this impending doom will end soon. To be honest, scientists and experts are only wagering their way through the COVID-19 pandemic because of the uncertainty of the flare of the disease.

With curfews and lockdowns being imposed in several cities for the second umpteenth time, it is only a matter of patience and time when the virus will let go of its clutches. Today, we have to make do with what we have – and deal with the virus by adopting new safety protocols as a part of the status quo.

Dealing with Household Emergencies during the Pandemic

Wearing a mask and standing 6 feet away from each other while you go to the supermarket to get your groceries – and a refill of your hand sanitizer – seemed harsh at first. But with the pandemic rising, wearing a mask and sanitizing your hands seem like child’s play. The biggest challenge that we are sure you might have had to face is dealing with damaged household machines when handymen were simply out-of-order – pardon the pun.

Today, most handyman services in NYC are still operational – thanks to the sheer availability of hazmat suits and face shields for protection. But, if you are living in an area where you are unable to contact the nearest handyman, dealing with a broken dishwasher or leaking faucet might become agonizing.

To help you deal with household emergencies on your own, we have mentioned a couple of ways how you too can become handy around the house.

1)       Keep a Stock of Disinfectants

To begin, make a list of things that you ‘need’ the most to get through the pandemic. This includes masks, hand sanitizer, tissue paper, gloves, detergents and cleaning agents. Buy stock till you can get out the next time – try not to hoard as there might be behind you looking for the same items as you!

Always remember to keep a safe distance with others while you are going out. Disposing off masks is always a good idea after you have worn them once, but the market is currently manufacturing reusable and recyclable masks that are ideal for the green environment. Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer on your person at all times so that you can cleanse your hands the moment you get in contact with the outdoors.

Lastly, keep a first-aid kid and a list of emergency numbers right where you can reach them in crises at home. It is important to include bandages, antiseptics, alcohol swabs and over-the-counter medicines in your first-aid kit so that you wouldn’t have to get out every time your kids fall. 

2)       Keep Hardware Supplies At Home

You might not be able to rush to the nearest hardware store to get yourself some supplies ‘whenever’ you need them now. To avert any kind of household crisis, it is ideal to keep your cupboards stocked with hardware supplies just like your pantry is with food today. 

We understand that you might have a lot of appliances at home – who doesn’t? The best you can do is study the parts of each appliance by looking into their manuals so that you always have extra pieces at home. Divide each room amongst your family members so that checking for loose ends doesn’t become too much for one person.

To begin, check the remote controls for batteries and keep a spare stock at home so that you can easily replace them when the time comes. Secondly, keep a spare tool box with a socket wrench, screwdrivers, pliers, nuts, nails and screws so that you can tend to the little chores without creating a huge mess.


Lastly, try not to go all ‘home depot’ if you cannot understand how to fix an appliance. There are handymen for specific jobs and we are sure you would be able to get one given that your home is safe, secure and disinfected. If you need one direly, you can always encourage safety protocols such as social distancing for your family’s protection, and of course, protective gear for the handyman’s safety.