Pressure Washer Safety

Pressure washers are easy to use, but they are a powerful tool. Never point the spray at another person, pet, or yourself — critical injuries can result.

Before using a pressure washer:

  • Read your operator’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe use, maintenance, and storage.
  • Always wear safety goggles, closed-toe rubber soled shoes, long sleeve shirts and pants, and protect yourself from the possibility of direct spray as well as flying debris.
  • Place the pressure washer on a flat area before starting.
  • Firmly hold the gun assembly properly, engaging the safety latches when not spraying. The safety latches 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.
  • Don’t let children use a pressure washer and do not allow them to play around a pressure washer when it is in use.
  • When using an extension wand, be extremely careful it doesn’t come into contact with overhead wires.

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