The safety tips in using a pressure washer

Preparation stage

Use the first 5 minutes to scrutinize the job you have to do, identifying all dangers and how you can reduce the possible risks. Decide if you will use gas or an electric-powered machine. Analyze yourself to see if you are strong enough for the task. The weather should be conducive for the task, and if not, you postpone. Make sure you clear all the obstacles and other risks in the working area. Wrap all the electrical equipment’s and cables using plastics and close all windows. Cover the vents to reduce damage from the highly pressurized water.

Know how to handle pressure washer leaks and when the machine starts to smoke or make a weird noise. You need to have a clear method for tackling each of these problems.

Check your safety gear and ensure it’s in good condition and adheres to the standard safety requirements.



Wear the appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

Proper PPEs will save you from many injuries. Don’t neglect PPEs at home simply because there are no strict rules or nobody supervises you. the following are the safety equipment that you need to have:

Safety goggles or glasses

They will stop any flying object from entering your eyes. A pressure washer will blow off debris and dirt surfaces, and they can easily fly into your eyes.

Closed shoes

It’s a simple implementation. You need to have proper footgear like work boots or gumboots. If you can’t afford them, then wear closed running shoes.

Ear protection

If you use a gas-powered machine, you need to have ear protection due to the noise from it. You don’t have to wear ear protectors for an electrical machine.


Proper gloves will protect your hands from injection injuries from sharp objects.


Protect your legs from the flying objects blown. Even if the weather is hot, don’t work recommended pants.


Read the entire user manual before you operate the machine

Pressure washers are unique. They come in different types apart from the gas and electric category. They can either be direct drive, belt drive, cold water, or hot water. A user manual will clearly explain what you need to do with the specific machine that you want to use.


Don’t use the gas-powered machine in an enclosed room

The gas-powered machine produces poisonous fumes. There is carbon monoxide that can cause serious issues to your health, including headache, nausea, and dizziness. Use the machine in an open place to limit these dangers.

A gas-powered machine produces a loud noise. If in an enclosed room, the noise will be louder to damage your ear system. You need protective gears to limit hearing damage or loss.


Understand your surrounding

You need to know if pets, children, passing vehicles, power lines, or slippery floor in your working area. You will know how to avoid accidents in your work.


Wash from wide angles

Attach the white tip to your spray and start spraying at a distance to limit damaging the surface. If it cleans at this distance, there is no need to move closer to the surface. Don’t move beyond six inches to the surface while cleaning. If the pressure at this close range isn’t enough, attach the green tip instead of the white one.


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