Although it is a fast, highly effective and powerful tool to clean away a grimey drive way or your old patio that hasn’t been washed in a few years or maybe even completely untouched, as with every power tool it must be respected.
As mentioned before these power washers are very powerful with a lot of pressure being jetted out through a small nozzle, this could lead to serious bodily harm if it is handled improperly and carelessly. People can suffer Anything from a small cut to a serious laceration through your body and although rare, it could sever a small body part like a finger or toe.
The pressure levels coming from the wand of the washer can be anywhere from 1300-4000psi. To put that into perspective a regular domestic hose you can find in anyone’s back garden can only push out a maximum of around 50psi. That would mean a pressure wash can squeeze out more than 50x times that of a regular hose in pressure.
Not only will it cut, bruise and scar your body. The dirty water can penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin resulting in a nasty infection over time. In fact in 2014 around 6000 people were reportedly sent to hospital due to a pressure washing related injury.
In conclusion, High pressure power tools are to be taken seriously and must not be used recreationally or used by or anywhere near children as it can cause serious injury.