Pressure Washing Safety
Pressure washers are high-powered tools that spray water at high-pressure to clean large, sturdy surfaces like farm equipment, buildings, and roads. It is essential to always follow the safety instructions in the owner's manual when pressure washing in Sanford, FL.
Pressure washing risks
A pressure washer’s strong spray has the potential to cause serious wounds that may appear minor at first. Wounds that seem insignificant often cause people to delay treatment, increasing the risk of infection, disability, and amputation. In addition, the powerful and fast spray can cause objects to be airborne, strike, and injure people who are close by.
Electric shock can happen when a pressure washer is not used correctly, and safety instructions are not closely followed.
Pressure washers with small gas-powered engines can result in carbon monoxide poisoning. Equipment powered by gas engines should never be used in partially enclosed spaces or building interiors unless the engine can be located outside and far from air intake vents.
Pressure washer precautions
- Do not let children operate pressure washers. They should be kept at a safe distance while an adult uses the machinery.
- Never point pressure washers at yourself or others.
- If a pressure washer trips a circuit breaker, always have a qualified electrician inspect the pressure washer for electrical issues.
- Never try to move or push objects with spray from a pressure washer.
- Never remove a grounding prong from a pressure washer, extension cord, or plug.
- Never use gasoline-powered pressure washers in enclosed spaces.
- Never splice or cut a pressure washer's extension cord or power cord.
- Before using a pressure washer, always test the ground fault circuit interrupter.
- When using a pressure washer, wear rubber-soled shoes that provide insulation.
- Always plug properly grounded pressure washers into adequately grounded receptacles.
- Avoid using extension cords with pressure washers whenever possible. If you must use an extension cord, keep the pressure washer’s cord connection away from standing water and use heavy-duty extension cords rated for use in wet locations. Also, be sure to keep the extension cord and power cord connections far away from any items being washed and any water runoff.
If a pressure washer injures you:
- If emergency help is needed, call 911.
- Wash your hands with clean water and soap before treating the wound.
- Remove any clothing or objects that are in the way of caring for the wound.
- Use a clean cloth to apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.
- Use clean running water or bottled water to pour over the wound after bleeding has stopped.
- Use clean water and soap to gently clean around the wound.
- Pat the wound dry and use a dry clean cloth or an adhesive bandage to cover it.
- Leave unclean wounds open.
It is essential to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you have wounds caused by high-pressure spray from pressure washing in Sanford, FL.
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