Pressure washers are easy and safe to use when operated correctly. Here are a few usage tips you should keep in mind.
Below are some other safety tips to keep in mind while using your pressure washer.
- Always wear goggles for eye protection.
- Wear gloves while operating.
- Wear boots or other leather footwear. Never wear open-toed sandals or flip-flops.
- Avoid spraying close to electrical wires or power lines.
- Do not use near small children or pets.
- Allow unit to cool down before storing.
Take it Outside
Know the Symptoms
Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath and fatigue. If you experience symptoms, get medical help immediately.
Always Read the Operator's Manual First
Before starting your pressure washer, it's important to read the operator's manual and follow the manufacturer's recommended precautions and procedures.
Stay Alert with Carbon Monoxide Detectors
A carbon monoxide alarm will alert your family before toxic levels are reached. Make sure your alarm meets current UL 2034 safety standards and check the battery regularly.
Keep it Away from Doors and Windows
To prevent emissions from drifting indoors, always place your pressure washer at least 20 ft. (6.1m) from occupied spaces.
Point Fumes in a Different Direction
Since pressure washers sit in one place and run for an extended time, it's important to point the engine exhaust away from any home or occupied space.
If You Feel Symptoms, Leave Right Away
Very high levels of carbon monoxide can cause victims to lose conscious quickly. So if you experience symptoms, don't attempt to turn off the pressure washer before moving to fresh air and getting medical help.
Before using your pressure washer, follow the instructions in your operator's manual.