Pressure washers are machines that use a pump to increase the pressure of water flowing through a nozzle. They are usually either machine or gas-operated. The washers can be used for a variety of washing tasks. For example, you can use them for cleaning equipment and various surfaces like driveways, walls, and gutters. Using a pressure washer is a relatively easy task. However, you must ensure that your pressure washing experience is as safe as possible.
Safety precautions to take when pressure washing
Using a pressure washer can pose significant safety risks. Below are some precautions to take to keep yourself and your products safe when applying pressure washers;
1. Do not underestimate the water pressure
When handling a pressure washer, one common mistake is assuming that it’s harmless. This often leads to significant injuries. For example, there are reported cases where pressure washers have used the machines to clean themselves off after work, leading to bloody injuries. Even the lowest PSI pressure washers can cause damage like bruises and other severe injuries to the human body. The water pressure can also cause damage to your property.
2. Tailor your handling depending on the application
It would also help to tailor the way you handle the machine depending on the application. For instance, the way you handle a pressure washer when cleaning walls will differ from how you operate it when cleaning floors. When using a pressure washer to clean walls, you would benefit from keeping a safe distance to keep away from the backsplash and the dirt. On the other hand, you do not have to stay as far when cleaning floors like driveways because the backsplash does not come directly towards you. Understanding the handling procedures for various applications will keep you safe from injuries and damages.
3. Practice informed handling
When handling a pressure washer, it would be wise to be informed of the components and how to handle them correctly. For instance, understanding that the engine can get hot after extended use will help you practice caution when handling it. Understanding the functions of the various components will also help you avoid assembly mistakes that could cause severe injuries.
Machine handling tips when pressure washing
Before handling a pressure washer, the first and perhaps most important thing you should do is read the manual’s instructions. Most, if not all, pressure washer manufacturers provide instruction manuals for their products. The manuals contain all the precautions and handling tips for the machines. Below are some common handling tips that will help you avoid injuries and accidents when using a pressure washer;
- Never direct the pressure washer towards yourself or another person
- Understand the components of the machines and how to handle them
- Wear protective clothing and accessories like goggles and closed-toe shoes when handling a pressure washer
- Place the pressure washer on a flat surface before using it
- Always release pressure before disconnecting your machine’s hoses and nozzles
It is worth mentioning that the safety precautions for pressure washers may differ depending on the product type and model. However, the tips above are standard. This means that they are mandatory for all machines.