Pressure washers in Phoenix are incredibly powerful machines, which is both good and bad. The good side is that they allow you to clean large areas efficiently and quickly. The down side is that they do carry risks if not used properly. Each year, OSHA reports more than 800 pressure washer-related injuries, but the best news is that these are 100% preventable.
Follow these safety tips next time you use your pressure washer in Phoenix to avoid injury:
1. The wand is not a toy.
Never aim it at anyone, ever. Keep it pointed down until you can comfortably handle the strength of pressure. Never forget that certain nozzles are designed to etch concrete, and your body is way less strong than concrete. Pressure washers can even cause internal tissue damage without visible damage, so don’t treat them as toys or squirt guns.
2. Gear up.
You need the proper personal protective equipment to operate a pressure washer. Jeans and sneakers won’t cut it. To protect your feet, hands and eyes from risk, put on boots, gloves, safety glasses and long pants before using your pressure washer. We also recommend hearing protection because these units are loud!
3. Work in well-ventilated areas.
Gas-powered pressure washers emit carbon monoxide, which can cause dizziness, headaches and nausea when inhaled. Make sure the area you are in is well-ventilated, and if you have to work indoors, us an electric pressure washer.
4. Stay on the ground.
Even pros sometimes underestimate the power of pressure washers. The force of these machines can easily throw you off balance. It’s much better for that to happen when you’re standing on the ground versus teetering on a ladder. If you need to clean up high, use extension lances, attachments or wands to get the job done.
5. Choose the right nozzle for your pressure washer in Phoenix.
Spray tip nozzles for pressure washers can be dangerous. Try the largest degree spray tip you have first, then adjust if needed. We can help you choose the best nozzle for the job — just contact us today to learn more and schedule your free demo!
If you do suffer an injury from a pressure washer, treat it immediately. If you’re bleeding, apply pressure to the wound. Clean the area around the wound with clean water and soap, pat it dry and apply a clean bandage. If necessary, seek professional medical treatment as soon as possible. Sometimes, pressure washers can cause injuries that aren’t visible or obvious. The pros can assess your injuries appropriately and provide the best treatment for your needs.