How can I use my pressure washer safely?

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Make sure the area is clear of hazards like toys and large debris before you get started

Answered by Dave, Electrical Safety Expert

Make sure the area is clear of hazards like toys and large debris before you get started.

If you’re spraying anywhere near electrical products or sockets, ensure they’re properly covered, and never spray directly towards them. Never touch a plug or socket with wet hands. Make sure the socket is protected by an RCD.

Don’t use your pressure washer if it’s raining or there are high winds.

Make sure you are always in a stable position when you’re using the washer – avoid using from ladders or other unstable positions where you could lose your balance.

If you notice a burning smell or any unusual noises, switch the pressure washer off immediately and contact the retailer and/or manufacturer.

Always turn off the pressure washer at the socket when not in use – even better, unplug it all together.

If a fire does start, don't try to fight the fire. Get to safety and call 999 immediately.

Store your pressure washer in a cool, dry place.

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