March 25


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Are pressure washers safe?


Are pressure washers safe? Yes! - providing you follow some simple precautions when using your washer like wearing safety equipment and being aware of what you're aiming your pressure washer at!

Here's some quick tips to keep you safe:

Tips to keep yourself safe when using a pressure Washer

  • Always read the pressure washer manual, as knowing how the tool works and how to use to use it safely gives you a big advantage straight away. Make sure you read the manual front to back before using the pressure washer
  • Make sure you clear the area of any obstruction, tripping hazard or anything you could slip or fall on. Establish an area completely safe for you to use your pressure washer in
  • Make sure you wear your PPE as most accidents can be prevented if the user simply takes precaution before using the pressure washer
  • Never point the jet at another person or pet even if it is turned off, a pressure washer is not a toy and should not be treated as one. The high pressure of the water can severely injure a person or pet. Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be sure to use the safety latch when you're not using your pressure washer as the latch prevents accidental engagement of the jet and never put the pressure washer down without engaging the safety latch. Never leave it unattended and make sure to turn it off every time your not using it.

Can a pressure washer cut you?

Yes, a pressure washer can definitely cut into your skin especially if safety measures are not taken, however most injuries are around the depth or size of a paper cut.

Things can get pretty serious though, especially if you do not use in a sensible way and even when safety is of the highest standards, accidents can still happen.

Follow the precautions below, and you'll stay safe when using your pressure washer.

Common injuries caused by a pressure washer

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Bruising
  • Eye injury
  • Falls and trips
  • Burns from gas engines or hot water

The most common injuries caused by pressure washers are lacerations.

Most people don’t understand just how serious they can be and can lead to infection, which in turn can lead to a whole host of problems. What seems like a minimal skin break can occasionally turn nasty so they're best avoided.

The second most common injury is bruising, which can happen by misdirecting a the powerful spray of a pressure washer, can cause bruising and damage to the skin in an instant.

Eye injuries are one of the other most common injury caused by a pressure washer. These can occur when insufficient safety apparatus was used. Depending on the strength of the spray (PSI) these be lead quite serious.

Just remember that cleaning with a pressure washer can be fast and easy, but it can also be surprisingly dangerous if no safety is being taken into account.

Do I need protective gear to operate a pressure washer?

The simple answer to this is yes you definitely need protective equipment when operating a pressure washer and to keep the risk of injury as low as possible for the user. 

The following PPE (personal protective equipment) should be used and the entire surrounding area should be taken into account.

  • Safety helmet
  • Hearing defenders
  • Protective goggles
  • Face protection visor
  • Steel toe safety boots
  • Protective gloves
  • Protective suit

Everyone that owns or uses a high pressure washer is by law required to ensure that the personal protective equipment is being worn properly and that its condition is being regularly checked.

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