Safe Pressure Washing 101

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. Likewise, it never hurts to brush up on the fundamentals of pressure washer safety.

Wear Protective Gear

Hearing protection is a must around gas-powered pressure washers. Gloves, eye protection and a pair of sturdy close-toed shoes are all essential regardless of what type of pressure washer you’re using.

Remember Gun Safety

A pressure washer wand is, in essence, a gun. 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.

Be Power Conscious

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.

Start Low and Slow

Start cleaning at a low pressure setting and work your way up as needed. Begin 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.