Pressure Washers are very powerful equipment. They require you extra care while handling. If you do not follow the safety procedures properly, they can cause serious risk and catastrophic injury as well. Especially, when you are using an electric pressure washer, no joke, there could be an electrocution if not operated accurately.
Here I shared my first-hand experience.
Once, one of my colleagues was taken to the hospital. He was using a pressure washer gun. Suddenly, he lost his balance and put his hands into a harmful way to repair the balance. The injected grease penetrated his safety gloves and caused a mild laceration on his index finger. Though he was lucky and he received an immediate treatment, his fingers lost some functions forever. Be it water, grease or paint, no matter. The extreme pressure matters. Injection at high pressure can lead to even an amputation.
So, don’t be foolish. Most of the times, pressure washer injuries are totally avoidable.
Let’s note in detail what the procedures should be while dealing with a pressure washer.
- Read the Manual Instructions
When you purchase a pressure washer, it comes along with a user manual. The manual contains all the necessary instructions. Here you will find how to handle your pressure washer with maximum safety. Go through these instructions and try to follow them with great care. Make sure, in the meantime, you are well familiar with the control panel of your cleaning equipment. Learn how to switch your machine off in case of an emergency situation to avoid any possible accident.
- Wear Protective Clothing
You should arrange some very important personal protective equipment before you finally use a pressure washer. Every time, use an eye protective goggle. Otherwise, water flow can dislodge tiny debris. These fly at high speed. Always use a rubber boot that fits up to your knee, instead of bare feet or on a simple sponge sandal. Bare feet might be dangerous if it is an electric pressure washer rather than a gas washer. In case of a gas power washer, you will need hearing protection as it is very noisy.
- Keep out of Children
Children are always dangerous. It is strongly recommended that you do not let any child use such cleaning instrument. If they stay near to the pressure washer, observe them carefully. However, if you want them to use it, let alone, a solid training is essential.
- Avoid a Wet Floor
If the floor where you operate your machine is wet, avoid this or get it dried. The wet floor might be slippery. In addition, detergent or chemical used in your washer can make the floor worse. Make sure that you observe your footstep and keep your balance. Remember, wet floor is always dangerous for any kind of electrical machine. Water tends to electrocution.
- Be Aware of Electric Shock
As I recommended earlier, never mix the water with electricity. Keep these apart from each other. You need to take an additional care when you use an electric pressure washer for your cleaning projects. You should not use an extension cord. The extension cord can affect adversely on the GFCI efficiency. Never douche water to an electric outlet. Always check and double check your power-cord if it has any leak or damage. If the safety instructions are not followed properly, an unexpected electric shock can chance.
- Avoid Fire
Do not spray water with any flammable liquid or object that can combust. Never keep your pressure washer nearby any fire or things that tends to fire or blast out.
- Control High Pressure Carefully
The water flow of a pressure washer is very powerful to cause injuries and wounds. Do not take any part of your body against the water stream. It can pierce your skin. Again, avoid putting your power jet to any animal or human being. You should point your spray gun to a secured direction at the start and at the end of a session. Always keep your control on trigger. Never forget to lock your trigger when you do not run the water flow. When you finish a session, pull the trigger to remove any existing pressure before you turn your machine off.
- Use Detergent with Care
Some pressure washers are equipped with detergent or chemical injector to use detergent effectively. But you need to make sure that you use the detergent as your machine specifically designed for. Detergent can be hazardous and irksome. So, put on the protective clothing to save your eye, lung, and skin.
- Avoid Ladder during Work for Height
Never use a ladder when you are working for a higher location. The extreme water pressure can cause a kickback that can push you off the ladder. You can use an alternative extended wand instead. Also, make sure that your feet are in a good balance on the ground.
- Adjust Nozzles and Distances as Required
Most of the pressure washers come with several types of spray nozzles tip according to the surface and distance. They are individual for soaping, spraying, lifting, stripping, and blasting. Tune or alter your nozzle tip as needed. Begin cleaning with the widest angle spray tip.
- Avoid Drug or Alcohol During Work
Never take any drug or alcohol or similar substances that can alter your mind during your work. Under the impact of such substances, dealing with an electric washer would be unusually dangerous.
The electric pressure washer is fantastic washing equipment that lets us clean almost most of the things around us. But, it needs the care to use. Otherwise, it can be dangerous, as we just read. Nobody can ensure you the 100% safety. But, if you follow these safety procedures listed here, you can minimize the risk of injury to a great extent.
This would be good to choose a renowned and trusted brand for purchasing your pressure washer. Sometimes, choosing the best pressure washer is an important factor to keep you out of danger.
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