A pressure washer makes the task of keeping the exterior of your house clean incredibly easier, but there are risks involved in using a powerful piece of machinery. Make sure you follow the following safety tips to prevent injury to you (and to your pressure washer):
1. Read the owner’s manual. Be familiar with the correct procedures for starting up and operating the machine.
2. Wear protective gear, including goggles and thick gloves. Non-slip shoes are recommended because the ground can quickly become wet and slick.
3. Be careful to avoid burns. Don’t touch the engine while it’s running, and wait until the pressure washer has cooled down before putting it away in your shed or garage.
4. Do not use a gas-powered pressure washer inside the house (unless you want to tear your house apart).
5. Do not aim the pressure washer at windows, as they can break under the extreme pressure.
6. Do not use the pressure washer while standing on a ladder. The force of the stream could knock you back.
7. Engage the safety lock as you change nozzle tips.
8. Before detaching the hose, turn the machine and the water source off and spray the trigger to release built-up pressure in the pressure washer system.
9. This goes without saying, but it bears mentioning: never aim a pressure washer at a person or animal.
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