6 Safety Precautions for Plumbing Emergencies
During plumbing emergencies, the first question that usually pops into our head is: “how can I fix it?” Unlike a health emergency, wherein our first impulse is usually to dial an ambulance, plumbing emergencies seemingly require less professional help. With several handyman tools available in the market, most of us almost always opt to fix the problem ourselves. However, not asking for professional help can be a risky choice. It’s not always a safe choice to change a leaking pipe by yourself, especially if you’re not very adept to the process. To solve a plumbing problem, you have to be equipped with more than just the skills to solve them, you also need to be aware of the safety precautions to take.
So what are these Safety Precautions?
- Turning off Electricity. Yes, plumbing doesn’t involve a light switch but when your leaked pipe happens to be near a power source then things could escalate quickly. Remember, water and electricity should never mingle. If they do, there’ll be fatal consequences.
- Wearing of Eye Protection. This is extremely important when you’re cutting into things and is at risk of having things getting thrown in your face. The eyes are the most fragile features of your face so you better wear your goggles to protect them.
- Wearing of Masks. If your plumbing project will involve the use of dangerous chemicals then you should strongly consider wearing a respirator. Toxic dust or any kind of chemical fumes can cause serious lung problems. However, if you will only be dealing with some old dust then a basic face mask will suffice.
- Using the Right Tools. Do not ever substitute one tool for the other. Each tool is specifically designed for one task and it should be used for that task only. You could end up injuring yourself using the wrong tools and might even make the plumbing problem worse.
- Wearing of Gloves. Always wear gloves when you’re using tools and handling chemicals that are potential hazards to your hands. Wear the gloves that are appropriate to what you are handling. Take note that you should use a different pair of gloves when you’re handing chemicals. The material for the gloves is different to what can protect you from the harmful substance. It’s also a good idea to wear clothing that doesn’t expose any skin like long sleeves and pants.
- Keeping an Accessible Emergency Contact. When things don’t go as well as you plan, be sure you always have your phone handy. Keep the numbers of your utility company in your contact. You never know when things go out of your control. Asking for help is not a shameful thing, heck, it’s actually a smarter choice.
Bear in mind that the best thing you could do in any emergency is to call for help. It’s the safest way to go about solving your problems. But if you happen to be dealing with something you are sure you can fix by yourself, always be on the safe side and take these safety precautions.