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Safety Tip #2: 7 Tips Before Using Your Pressure Washer

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Always have a complete understanding of the task at hand and be completely familiar with the tools you will be using. For this article, I am going to take a look at the pressure washer and give you tips before tackling the cleaning of your home’s exterior.

Do not be one of the thousands of individuals each year that underestimate the power of a pressure washer. Electric machines emit water at pressures greater than 1,000 pounds per square inch (PSI) with gas pressure washers exceeding 2,000 PSI and higher. Higher pressure is obviously a faster and more effective cleaning tool… but with the greater pressure, comes the greater chance for serious injury. Because the water is under pressure, it moves with enough force to cause damage to the eyes or skin in just a few seconds. Close contact with a pressure washer’s flow to your skin actually removes the skin layer by layer causing injuries that are hard to heal and can scar for life. It is imperative that you give the machine the respect it deserves and take necessary precaution.

Before using your pressure washer, follow these 7 tips:

  1. Read the operator’s manual carefully
  2. Wear eye and hearing protection
  3. It’s a good idea to wear safety boots and heavy gloves
  4. Wearing long sleeves and full length pants is advisable
  5. Be very careful to keep your body away from the stream of water
  6. Keep away from children
  7. Be mindful of where you are pointing the pressure washer at all times!
  8. Always be careful when operating an electric tool around wires and electric outlets.

Using a pressure washer on a ladder or other elevated surface is dangerous due to the backward force of a pressure washing gun, which can easily throw a person off balance. It is best to use safety harnesses if using a ladder is necessary.

Pressure washers get the job done quickly and effectively. But it is imperative that you are mindful of the risks involved and take the necessary precautions to avoid injury.

Umbrella Property Services has all the equipment necessary to ensure that the cleaning your most prized possession is done safely. Call us today for a free estimate!

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