A pressure washer is an equipment that uses high pressurized water to clean hard, sturdy surfaces such as farm equipment, roads, and building parts. This equipment is advised to be used by professionals like Cherry Hill power washing services and other certified and insured companies, because the use of this equipment may entail danger to the user and people surrounding him/her as well as damage to the material being washed and its surrounding objects. DIY pressure washing is only advised when the owner is equipped with an ample amount of knowledge on how to control and use the equipment. However, it still imposes hazards.
The following are the safety measures you need to do when using the pressure washer:
Do not point the pressure washer at anyone including yourself
Do not push objects through the spray
Avoid using a gasoline-powered engine in a close and/or tight space
Wear some rubber-soled shoes that provide insulation
Plug the pressure washer carefully and correctly
Keep children at a distance when using a pressure washer
Never allow children to use the pressure washer
Do not splice the pressure power’s cord or extension cords
Always have an expert and qualified electrician to check the equipment for electrical problems
If you use an extension cord, ensure that the cord you use is a heavy-duty extension cord with parts rated for use in wet locations. Moreover, keep out of any standing water.
Plug the equipment into a properly grounded receptacle.
The following are the risks that this equipment imposes:
The strong, fast spray is able to throw objects that can strike and harm people nearby
The strong spray from this equipment can cause serious wounds to anyone although the wound might appear minor. This minor may cause infection, amputation, and/or disability.
Since this equipment uses energy for power, electric shock can occur if the equipment is not used properly and if the instructions are not followed correctly.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen when people use small, gasoline-powered engines. It is not recommended that you use any tool or equipment that is powered by gasoline engines in an area that is closed.
If an accident happens, it is important that you call a 911 emergency for help. While waiting for the medical response, take care of the wounds to avoid infection. Before treating the wound, wash your hands with clean water and soap. Put pressure on the wound with a clean cloth to stop the bleeding. When the bleeding has stopped, pour a bottle of clean water and soap to the wound and gently clean. Pat it dry and use a dry cloth (if the adhesive bandage is not available to cover the wound. Also, take note that it is prohibited to close wounds that are unclean; leave them open to avoid bacterial infection.
It is important to note that if a person is wounded with a high-pressure spray, he/she is urged to get medical attention as soon as possible. The medical team may need to provide tetanus and antibiotic shots, do an X-ray, and/or refer the patient to a specialist.
To prevent accidents, it is recommended to call for a professional service for any pressure washing activities.