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Learning how to use a pressure washer safely includes knowing how it will behave when the water pressure is first applied. Do you know if your particular model tends to kick back when that pressure starts? If not, take care when getting used to your equipment. Grip the spray gun with both hands and be ready for the power washer wand to "jump". You can experience this in two ways. Once when the spray is turned on and again when the water is applied to the surface being cleaned. This is why manufacturers advise against operating a pressure washer from stepladders, scaffolds and other platforms that tip or sway easily. You may find yourself unable to control the power washer, your balance or both.