Air compressors are typically used in places where pressurized air is needed. Air compressors can be low pressure, medium pressure, or high pressure, depending on which one you use. Powered machinery always has risk while operating it, so here are some safety tips to keep in mind when using an air compressor:
USE YOUR GAS AIR COMPRESSOR OUTSIDE
If your air compressor isn’t powered by electricity, you should be using it outside. Gas air compressors can give off fumes and carbon monoxide that will harm you and your body. Having it in the fresh air helps to keep you safe.
GOGGLES AND GLOVES
Pressurized air can cause severe injuries to your eyes, so be sure to wear impact-resistant goggles or glasses when using an air compressor. You should also wear gloves to protect your hands and skin from the compressed air.
Using an air compressor with a self-retracting cord will save you from possible injury. You can easily trip on a longer cord, so having a retractable one will have it out of the way when you don’t need the extra length. It will all be in a bundle tucked away!
Using an OSHA-approved nozzle is the safest option when using an air compressor. If you don’t have the right nozzle, excess air may come out at too high of a pressure, which can harm people in the area or the ones using the compressor. OSHA-approved nozzles have safety features that control the airflow and can prevent any injury from occurring.
AIR AND OIL LEAK CHECKS
Every time you use your air compressor, you should be checking for any leaks. This includes both air and oil. Don’t ignore small leaks! They could end up causing the hose or other pieces to explode if left leaking for too long because of the pressure change. Do not use your air compressor until you are sure all leaks are fixed.
Any tool or piece of machinery is going to require maintenance eventually. You should follow the recommended care that the manufacturer provides. You may also have recommendations for checking the operating temperature, checking the air filter, or changing the oil. It all depends on the make and model of the air compressor and what the manufacturers deem necessary.
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