Pressure Washer Safety Tips

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To help make sure you'll enjoy your new pressure washer for years to come, here are some important safety tips to keep in mind. Please bear in mind that these safety suggestions are geared toward homeowners using a gas-powered pressure washer for outdoor cleaning projects.

Equipment Safety Tips

BEFORE you start your pressure washer, you should always check the gas and engine oil level! Sounds pretty basic, but it's a must-do!

If you try to start your pressure washer without enough gas or oil, you'll likely ruin your equipment.

Some pressure washers are now equipped with an Oil Alert system which shuts down the engine if the oil falls to an unsafe level. Check your owners manual to see if your pressure washer is equipped with this handy feature.

Also, it's a very good idea to check the air filter. A dirty or damaged filter can cause a loss of pressure and poor engine performance.

And make sure you don't see any fluid leaks or loose and damaged parts! If so, correct the situation before starting your engine.

PLEASE remember that gas-powered pressure washers must be used outdoors - never indoors! The carbon monoxide gas that's created can be deadly. Electric powered pressure washers can be used indoors. amd that's just one reason why electric pressure washers are so popular with homeowners.

As you pressure wash, your engine will get hot, so let your pressure washer engine and parts cool before touching them.

As you can imagine, keep cigarettes, flames and sparks away from your pressure washer.

Remember to read your owners manual before you begin using your washer for the first time - then review your owners manual each season.

Pressure Washer User Safety Tips

Always dress appropriately when pressure washing - no flip flops allowed, even in California! Wear steel-toed safety boots, long pants, and long sleeve shirts.

And ALWAYS wear safety goggles! It only takes a moment to protect your eyesight.

Never point your pressure washer tip/wand at any humans or pets! The pressurized water stream is extremely powerful and can damage, gouge or kill.

Before you begin pressure washing, make sure all lighting fixtures, electrical outlets and jacks are either removed or completely covered & sealed to make them waterproof.

When you begin pressure washing, always start cleaning with the nozzle 3-4 feet from the dirty surface. Move your nozzle closer only if needed. Remember, your pressurized stream of water can damage or gouge surfaces if not used carefully and cautiously.

Match your nozzle color to your cleaning job! Always begin washing by using the white spray nozzle which gives you the widest spray angle. Only move up to another color nozzle if you're certain you need to!

If you use chemcials or detergents follow ALL the recommendations of the manufacturer. And make sure you always use chemcials and detergents that specifically state that they are suitable to use in pressure washers.

Never pressure wash while standing on a ladder! Use an extension pole to reach high places. Always stand on the ground while pressure washing!

Of course, I can't warn you of every conceivable danger or hazard while pressure washing. But I sincerely hope these important tips will help you concentrate on using your pressure washer safely. Used correctly and safely, your pressure washer can give you excellent cleaning results for all of your outdoor cleaning projects!

MY TIP: Having problems with your pressure washer? Do you need operating advice or think you need repair or servicing? Here's a very handy list of local Warranty and Repair Centers!

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