How to Use a Pressure Washer Safely

Pressure washers are one of the most convenient, effective, quick cleaning machines available in the market. There are a variety of brands and features available right here for any budget.

When using pressure washers, it is important to take a few safety precautions to ensure the best outcome from your cleaning.

1. Read Manufacturer’s Instructions for use

It cannot be emphasized enough the importance of reading through the manual. The manual will have clear instruction to ensure the proper use and maintenance procedures are used. The manual is a guide for how to use the pressure washer effectively. Reading the dos and don’ts of pressure washers is necessary so that you get the best experience out of your machine

2. Protective Gear

Due to the high pressure, it is common to find debris or water flying everywhere as the water hits its target surface. Every time you use a pressure washer you should be wearing protective clothing, goggles and rubber boots. This will ensure that whatever debris that go flying will not do damage to the user.

3. No Bystanders Nearby

When using a pressure washer it is very important to never let any children or other bystanders near the machine. When it is in use, it can be very dangerous especially to children. If the pressure washer shoots just one misdirected jet of water towards a person, the damage can be great as the water pressure is so high it can cause cuts and bruises. Always protect yourself and others.

4. Watch out for electrocution

As we know, electricity and water do not mix well, so when using the pressure washer, ensure that you avoid the water getting in contact with electrical appliances and outlets. Electrocution is a very serious risk to using pressure washers, so ensure you are very cautious when near electrical outlets. Also, with electric pressure washers it is important to remember the dangers of electrocution, and handle the machine with care.

5. Nozzle Direction

Due to the high pressure of the water, one must be very careful with the direction the nozzle is pointing at. Keep your body parts away from the jets and never point the nozzle at anyone. Before turning on the machine, check the nozzle direction and ensure it is at a safe distance.

6. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide is a scentless, tasteless and colorless gas that can cause illness and even death when inhaled at high levels. Always avoid using a gas powered pressure washer indoors because of the carbon monoxide emissions from the gas engine. Using this type of pressure washer in small, unventilated areas will increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, so just avoid using it in such places for your own safely.

7. Be alert and clear headed

When using a pressure washer or any other form of machinery, always ensure you are clear headed, alert and sober. Using a pressure washer when under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous and is very likely to cause injury due to the lack of proper judgment. Therefore as a rule, never operate pressure washers when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

With all of these safety precautions in mind, one can get the best experience with a pressure washer. You can use your pressure washer safely for years to come.