Electricity is useful, but it’s also dangerous. That’s why it’s important to take cautionary measures to stay safe while working with electricity. Solar energy is one of the sources of electricity, and it’s becoming increasingly popular. However, depending on how long the solar panels take to install, rubber gloves are necessary to insulate the hands from energy fields.
Rubber is unarguably the best insulator and can protect you from electrocution while at work. Rubber is a dismal conductor of electricity, unlike our hands which are active conductors. So using a rubber glove or covering on your hands can repel the flow of electric energy to your body. This makes it better than any other material in preventing hazards while carrying out electrical work.
Why Is It Important to Wear Rubber Gloves While Working With Solar Electricity?
As stated earlier, wearing rubber gloves is essential because it insulates you from electrical energy. In the event of electric shock, rubber gloves will lessen the contact of electricity with your skin as it’s a bad conductor. This will trigger a disconnection or restriction of the electric current to your body. This protects you from electric shock while carrying out repairs on electrical outlets or appliances.
For electricity conduction to occur, the materials coming in contact with electricity ought to have free electrons in them. Free electrons are absent in rubber, and this is why they can’t conduct electricity. Hence, they are the best insulators against electricity.
Rubber coverings or gloves are capable of saving you from an energy field as strong as 600 volts of electric current. However, in the USA, it’s usually up to 120 volts in places of work during ordinary situations. One important thing to note is that a rubber glove or covering should be made of 100% rubber and shouldn’t be manufactured using any other material. If not, that particular rubber covering or glove won’t be equipped to insulate you from electric shock properly.
The Major Difference Between Rubber and Leather Gloves
Rubber is better at insulating than leather. However, leather protectors are embedded inside rubber gloves to make them thicker. Aside from thickening the rubber gloves, leather makes rubber gloves better equipped to protect your hands from abrasions and cuts from sharp objects or wire tips.
Is Electrocution Still Possible While Wearing Rubber Gloves?
The probability of electrocution while wearing rubber gloves is very low. However, there are specific cases where your safety from electrocution is questionable. These cases or instances include:
- If the rubber gloves are not thick enough, there is a chance that some electric current, a minimal amount though, will flow into and through your body.
- If the rubber gloves you’re wearing happen to have holes or cuts in them, you may experience contact with solar electricity through those cuts or holes.
- Sweaty or wet hands/palms may draw electric current to your body.
- Using rubber gloves is not harmful for electrical uses. However, these rubber gloves may build some volume of static charge that will flow to your body.
So to be on the safe side, ensure that you’re using rubber gloves that have been specified or tagged safe by rubber technologists for electrical works or repairs.
What Kind of Hazards are Caused by Electrocution?
Electric hazards can occur at home, at work, and virtually anywhere that has an electrical connection. These hazards include:
- Arc fires or blasts
Burns and shocks are caused by coming in contact with direct electric current. For example, faults in electrical appliances cause arc fires or blasts. Explosions are caused by keeping a highly flammable substance near an electrical outlet. Explosions can be fatal and lead to death.
Factors that determine electric shock can be:
- The path through which the electric current enters your body
- The duration of the flow through your body
- The level of resistance put up by your body to the flow of current
- The amount of voltage generated from the electrical source you came in contact with