How to Keep Yourself Safe When Using a Pressure Washer

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Pressure Washer Safety Tips

Pressure washers are powerful machines. They are convenient for some of the toughest cleaning jobs. They make those tough jobs more comfortable to handle and tackle in a fraction of what they’d take using traditional methods, which is why they are so popular. However, because they are so powerful, they can be hazardous if not handled carefully.

Here are some pressure washer safety tips to help you prevent potential injuries:

Read the Manual First

Machines change from one model to the next. Even by the brand, they can be completely different. Don’t take any chances and take time to read the manual before you attempt to use the pressure washer, even if it’s on a simple task.

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Wear Protective Gear

Jeans and a t-shirt is not exactly the ideal clothing when using a pressure washer. It is essential for your eyes, hands, and feet to be protected, as they could be at risk of injury due to flying debris. Even the power of the pressure washer could put you at risk, so it is best to use protective gloves and shoes to keep you safe.

Never, Ever Point the Nozzle at Yourself

Some people have thought it’s a good idea to use the pressure washer for other purposes, like washing their hands, removing dirt from a shoe they’re wearing, and other things, but that has never had positive results. The amount of pressurized water that comes out of a pressure washer can be very harmful if misused. The intention of these machines is for use on hard surfaces, not flesh.

Avoid Working at Elevated Heights

Sometimes pressure washers are used for gutter cleaning. However, doing this or any other task at an elevated height could be risky since the kickback could push you off the ladder. You are better off leaving this cleaning job in the hands of those who offer professional pressure washing services.


Using pressure washing is no joke. Lean on the pros to help you tackle those cleaning tasks without risk of injury and providing the best results.

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