Why Should an Electrician Use Rubber Gloves While Repairing An Electrical Switch?

By Sakshi Yadav|Updated : July 26th, 2022

Electricians wear rubber gloves to protect themself from electric shock while repairing an electrical device. Rubber is a bad conductor of electricity that does not allow the electric current to pass through it. Hence, the rubber gloves save the electrician from getting an electric shock by preventing the flow of electric current through it.

Good Conductors and Bad Conductors of Electricity

  • The materials that allow the electric current to pass through them are termed as good conductors of electricity. For example, Metals such as Silver (Ag), Copper (Cu) are good conductors of electricity. Since Copper is cheaper, therefore, it has a wide range of uses in electrical equipment such as wiring, motors, etc. 
  • The materials that do not allow electricity to pass through them are termed as bad conductors of electricity. For example, rubber, wood, plastic, etc.

Summary:

Why Should an Electrician Use Rubber Gloves While Repairing An Electrical Switch?

As rubber is a bad conductor of electricity, therefore, it prevents the flow of electric current to the human body thereby protecting the electrician from getting an electric shock while he is wearing rubber gloves. 

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