Pressure Washing Safety Tips

Just like any other piece of equipment, there are safety precautions you need to take when operating a pressure washer:

  • Please follow all safety instructions and caution stickers on the washer.
  • A pressure washer is a great cleaning tool if used properly and safely.
  • Always wear safety goggles and closed-toe shoes, and protect yourself from the possibility of direct spray.
  • Always find a flat area for the pressure washer to be placed before starting your project.
  • When using your pressure washer, never point the gun at any person or pet.
  • When cleaning a wood surface with a pressure washer, make sure you use the proper high-pressure nozzle, so you don't damage the wood.
  • It is always a good idea to test wash a small hidden area first.
  • When using an electric pressure washer, always plug it into a properly grounded GFCI outlet.
  • Firmly hold the gun assembly properly, engaging the safety latches when not spraying. The safety latches prevent water from spraying accidentally.
  • After turning off the pressure washer, always release any pressure by squeezing the trigger before disconnecting the hoses and nozzles.
  • The engine and motor of a pressure washer can get very hot after extended use, so use caution when moving the washer.
  • Never allow children to play around a pressure washer when it is in use.