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Pressure Washer Safety Tips

Pressure Washer Safety Tips

A pressure washer is a great cleaning tool if used properly and safely. Just like any other piece of equipment, there are safety precautions you need to take when operating a pressure washer:

  • Always read, understand and follow the instructions in the instruction manual.
  • Always wear protective goggles and closed-toe shoes and protect yourself from the possibility of direct spray.
  • Always find a flat area for the pressure washer to be placed before starting your project.
  • Never point the gun at any person or pet when using your pressure washer.

When cleaning a wood surface with a pressure washer, make sure you use the proper high-pressure nozzle so you don't damage the wood.

It is always a good idea to test wash a small hidden area first.

Firmly hold the gun assembly properly, engaging the trigger lock out when not spraying. The trigger lock out is designed to prevent water from spraying accidentally.

After turning off the pressure washer, always release any pressure by squeezing the trigger before disconnecting the hoses and nozzles.

The engine and motor of a pressure washer can get very hot after extended use, so use caution when moving the washer.

Never allow children to play around a pressure washer when it is in use.

 

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