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What Safety Clothing Do I Need to Be an Electrician?

Since electricians work in all types of weather conditions they must be prepared for the unexpected, such as downed electrical wires or heavy falling objects. Not only are electricians dealing with electricity, they must also deal with harsh weather conditions too. Often they need to climb up high and use metal tools that they need to be careful when working with electricity and electric wires.

The safety clothing that an electrician wears while working must be comfortable and easy to move around in. The clothes should not be bulky and get in the way of the job while the electrician is working. What the electrician wears should help with their job, not hinder them. It is also important that an electrician be careful about any jewelry they wear. It would be best not to wear any jewelry while on the job since most jewelry is an electric conductor and could bring about a deadly end. It is not worth an electrician’s life to worry about fashion when doing a difficult and dangerous job.

When an electrician is working on the job many times unexpected large objects might fall towards them. To protect their head from injury they need to wear a hard hat. In order for an electrician to see clearly what they need to do, it is important that they wear goggles over their eyes. Any electrician who does not wear goggles is taking a chance of a flying object hitting their eyes possibly causing permanent damage.

Often times the wind or loud sounds from the tools being used to fix an electrical problem can cause hearing problems if ear plugs are not used. Another type of safety clothing that electricians wear is the shoes that not only protect the feet but also the whole body from any electrical wires that may have been brought down during a storm.

In really bad wintry weather the shoes are switched out for the rubber work boots that are better to use in keeping the electrician on their feet when there is snow or ice. The rubber work boots also help to keep their feet warm so they do not get frost bite or freeze. The right thick warm gloves that are easy to work with need to be worn in order to get the work done but also keep the hands warm in cold weather.

The smallest detail of an electrician’s job can save their life. The clothing is very important from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet. It is also important to keep any long hair out of the way and to keep it out of the face. Anything that obstructs the view of an electrician’s job is a chance of injury or death. The hair should be pulled back or cut short.

Not only do the electricians have to protect themselves by wearing the right safety clothing they must also be aware of the protection of any person who happens to be either walking or driving in the vicinity.

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