- Electricians wear specific types of safety equipment to protect themselves.electrician image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com
Electricians who are constantly working with large amounts of electricity that can kill them if it comes in contact with their bodies are always running a risk while they work from day to day. Because of this, there are certain precautions they take in the clothing they wear and the tools they use so that they aren't as vulnerable to dangerous amounts of electricity.
- The first piece of safety apparel that electricians use are gloves, as they are usually first touch wires or conductive pieces of electrical equipment with their hands. Gloves should be made out of nonconductive materials that are not too thick so that electricians still have some dexterity to actually handle and cut wires. This means gloves should be made out of plastic or rubber composites which fit the form of the hand. However, these gloves will only protect you so much in the event of a serious arc or short of electricity. Other precautions and knowledge of what wires are hot or should not be touched together are still the most important form of electrical safety.
Thick Rubber-Soled Shoes
- Heavy-duty work boots with thick rubber soles are also recommended for electricians who are working with any amount of electricity. As electricity doesn't conduct through rubber, these rubber soles will help to keep you from being grounded against the floor so that if you do touch something that is highly electrical, harmful electricity won't be able to flow through you as easily and seriously injure you through electrocution. These rubber soled shoes will also protect you from being electrocuted in the event there is water on the ground and it has become electrified. While it doesn't mean walking through this water is a good idea to walk through water that has electricity running through it, but the rubber soles will give you a chance to get out of it before you get hurt.
- Electricians use a number of different tools that are made out of metal and are highly conductive of electricity, as they are most often the things that are touching live electrical lines. This is why electricians use insulated electrical tools with rubber handles, so that they become the first line of defense against an electrical arc or short. Some electrical tools actually have a thin amount of clear rubber to reduce the flow from the metal to the person's hand. This insulation over the metal tool on top of the rubber handles on top of safety gloves can help protect an electrician from being electrocuted.