A real estate broker must always be aware of personal safety, and the safety of clients, whether meeting new clients for the first time, while showing properties, driving to home tours, installing roadside signage, and on site at new construction.
The simplest tasks must constantly be evaluated and strategized to ensure utmost safety for all, but no class, lesson, or quick thinking could have prepared me for this.
While out with clients touring new home communities in Union County yesterday, we stopped into the builder’s agent-on-duty model home, and quickly on to the model next door with the preferred floor plan. After getting the key and walking through an inventory home just down the street, we returned to the model home to see the sales agent.
As we were sharing our feedback on the house under construction, I noticed a sudden cough getting embarrassingly worse. I started to make my apologies, explaining to the sales agent that I didn’t know what had happened, but it must have been the new construction dust that had triggered this worsening episode.
In mid-sentence, he stopped me. He said, “I know what happened to you.” He continued that 3 hours prior, he had accidentally set off pepper spray in his office…by this time, my lungs were burning, my chest was hurting, I felt a warm flush throughout my body and broke into a head-to-toe sweat!
Continuing to cough to clear my airway, my client, a medical professional, became concerned, explaining that she could see my eyes and face swelling. We said a quick goodbye and left. I continued to cough terribly, and by this time had a headache.
When we arrived at the next new home community minutes down the road, I realized that water might help clear my throat. I was beginning to lose my voice. It took several cups of water to relieve my throat symptoms, and after two hours I was no longer coughing, but had a headache until the next morning.
Thank goodness he had not just sprayed that mace! I can’t image my reaction if it had been recently sprayed, or worse yet, sprayed on me. I don’t know how my client and the sales agent managed to avoid a reaction, but apparently I would make an excellent mine canary!
But let this be a lesson to you. No matter how bored you are, sitting at work in your office with nothing to do, do not test your mace can. Trust me, it works.