Pressure washers are immensely helpful, but just like any other power tool, they can be dangerous if handled carelessly. Many of Hotsy’s pressure washers can deliver powerful jets of water at pressures upwards of 3000 PSI. Find yourself on the wrong side of that jet, and you can inflict some serious bodily harm.
Here are some safety tips to use while operating a pressure washer:
Wear Protective Gear
Protective gear is essential to being safe while operating a pressure washer. Here are items you should wear while using a heavy-duty pressure washer:
- Closed-toe boots
- Eye goggles
- Utility gloves
- Long pants
- Hearing protection headphones
Remember Gun Safety
A heavy-duty pressure washer can be extremely dangerous and cause serious harm if used improperly. As such, it can be helpful to keep basic rules of gun safety in mind when operating a pressure washer. Keep the nozzle pointed down at the ground when not in operation, keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to use it and never point the wand at yourself or another person. It is also important to be mindful of the blowback. Because this is a high-pressure machine the water coming out of the nozzle can affect your balance so remember to always have a firm stance and don’t pressure wash on a ladder or in places where you could potentially fall.
Use Correct Power Sources
Different types of pressure washers have their own special safety considerations. Gas-powered pressure washers should always be used in well-ventilated areas, for example. Electric pressure washers, on the other hand, should be plugged into properly grounded GFCI outlets and elevated to prevent water damage to sensitive components.
Begin by cleaning at a low pressure setting then work your way up as needed. Start cleaning a flat surface to get a feel for the pressure and prevent any unexpected spray back. Take your time and stay mindful of people and other objects around the surfaces you’re cleaning.
North Texas Sales & Distribution offers an extensive selection of Hotsy industrial pressure washers to accommodate the unique needs of different businesses. Browse our inventory, or give us a call today to request a quote!