Pressure washers are one of my favorite go-to equipment when it comes to cleaning. These washers are universal and can clean almost everything. I use pressure washers to clean my car, the tiled walls, the wooden deck, and whatnot. But things do not just end or halt at the versatility of this machine, but it is also for the efficiency and the ease as well.
Pressure washers reduce your workload by several hundred times, and the same goes for your time. You can spend lesser energy and time on a task that would have almost killed you otherwise.
However, when it comes to machines, there is always a risk of damage and injury, and this risk increases with pressure washers because of their extensive heavy-duty parts working at very high pressures.
Just as cool these washers are, they are equally dangerous, and therefore there are specific guidelines and parameters that are to be followed to avoid any injury and damage.
Reading the Manual
First of all, you have to do something which almost no one else does: READ THE MANUAL! Most of the people do not even bother or consider going through the user manual to know about their possession. Knowledge is power, and here literally a step closer to safety.
Evaluating the Risks
For the seconds, you have to consider each and every possible hazard; whether it is slippery or uneven surface or broken or damaged part, you have to find everything.
The people around are also to be considered during your evaluation, and once you have made a list, it is time to plan on how to avoid them and minimize the risk in every way possible. Every time you use a pressure washer, there are risk factors tagged to it. Thus you have to pay attention to it.
The next step is to wear proper safety gear because precaution is better than treatment. The safety gear includes gloves, safety glasses, boots, long pants, and hearing protection. You are supposed to cover yourself up thoroughly before and while using a pressure washer.
Hands are the most injured part of the body during power washer operation accidents, and therefore gloves are a must. Similarly, the boots are to prevent you from slipping while the safety eyewear and the long pants are to avoid your eyes and clothing from the flying debris propelled by the pressurized water.
And finally, the hearing protection is especially for the ones who are using a gas-operated machine because the engines of these models are not enclosed in the body and can make a very annoying and irritating sound.
Never be casual
These pressure washers are not to be taken lightly because they have extremely powerful compressors working round the clock, and if damaged, the results can be close to fatal. No children should be allowed to use or even go near the equipment.
These pressure washers might seem like fun, but they are not toys. I repeat, these are not toys and therefore should be dealt with absolute care.
These were the basic instructions that need to be taken care of at all times, so now let us move to some specifications that also call for similar care.
Firstly, you should never use these pressure washers in enclosed areas, especially the gas-operated models. This is because they emit carbon monoxide, which is extremely toxic and can even be lethal for humans.
However, if it is indispensable to use a pressure washer indoors, than we recommend using an electric model instead of the gas one because of the reduced harm and risks.
While the pressure washer is underuse, engage the safety latch on the gun to prevent unintentional engagement of the pressure washer. This safety latch is present in most of the models and prevents the trigger from activating unintentionally.
Always turn the lock on when you have to go away for a while, and if this is for a longer time, better turn the machine off to avoid all sorts of accidents.
Finally, when you are done with the cleaning thing and are disassembling the washer, you need to depressurize the machine.
For depressurizing, turn the machine off and press the trigger. This is because just switching the machine off does not release all the built-in pressure; pressing the trigger, on the other hand, will do so.
Once you have made sure that the machine is depressurized, you can simply detach the rest of the parts and store them.