Air Compressor Safety Tips: What to Look Out For?

January 14, 2020

When air compressors are used improperly, they can become a safety hazard to yourself and your business. To keep you compressor in great working condition it is essential to follow the safety precautions and read the owner's manual.

Below is a list of common safety precautions to help ensure your compressor is kept in top shape:
  • The ideal location for the placement of your compressor is somewhere that has clean, dry inlet air. Your machine can be damaged by wet conditions. These wet conditions can also cause electrical issues.
  • Gas air compressors must only be used outdoors.
  • Before each use of your compressor, it is important to perform a safety check. Make sure to check hoses, ensure you have a proper power supply, and check the oil level.
  • When operating the air compressor, always wear hearing and eye protection.
  • If the air compressor is running or has recently been used, do not change or add the fuel or oil, as your compressor could potentially catch fire if doing so.
  • Make sure your compressed air system is plugged into an electricail outlet that is properly grounded. Not doing so could result in potentially damaging the electrical panel of your compressor and may also cause a fire.
  • If a extension cord is needed, ensure that it is the right extension cord. If you have a cord that is longer than needed it can cause damage to your unit or loss of power.
  • Ensure hose fittings are tight, as loose fittings can hinder your compressors performance and may cause damage.
  • While using compressed air, ensure the shutoff valve is visible and within reach.
  • Don't allow hoses and cords to be exposed in aisles, floors or low-hanging areas, as this can cause a trip hazard or possible injury.
  • Compressed air must never be applied to your skin or directly at another person. Serious injury can be caused even by air pressure as low as 15 PSI.
  • Unless the system has been designed specifically for breating air, do no use air from a compressor for breathing purposes.
  • If you are using a pressure vessel that is your own, only use those built to national or international standards.
  • Never couple, uncoulple or crimp pressurrized hoses. Before you make or change any hose connections, shut off the unit, valves and relieve any pressure.

Your owner's manual is important to read as it will explain all the safety measures that may not be listed here and will ensure proper operation of your machine. If you have any safety or technical issues or questions in regards to your compressor, give us a call on 1300 555 284 or email us here.

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