Injuries resulting from pressure washer use are more common than you might realize, with an estimated 6,000 reported in 2014. Pressure Works carries several different residential models that are easy to use and maintain, but we suggest reviewing the safety recommendations for pressure washing and offer several safety tips to avoid these hazards.
- Always be sure to wear proper protection when using your pressure washing system. This includes safety goggles, closed-ted footwear, and if necessary, hearing protection. If you are working with chemicals, be sure to wear chemically resistant gloves.
- If you are using an electric model, be sure it is plugged into a GFCI outlet to prevent electric shock. Avoid spraying water near electrical outlets and appliances as well. If you are using a gas model, be sure you are not in an enclosed space.
- Review the user manual for your system before use, and contact us if you have any questions about operating your equipment.
- When first using your system, begin by practicing on a small test area while standing at least two feet away. This will help you get a feel of how the system works and the power behind it, without causing injury to yourself or damage to your home.
- Pay attention to where you are directing the nozzle on your pressure washer and never point it at yourself or others. Be aware of your surroundings and utilize the safety features on your system to avoid accidentally releasing pressure when not in use.
- Before removing the nozzle from your system, release any pressure that may still be inside the hose after use.
Overall, pressure washers are very safe to use, but like all equipment, a little safety goes a long way.
At Pressure Works, we care about your safety. If you have more questions about pressure washer safety or the different residential models we offer, find our location closest to you and give us a call.