Gardening gloves are “a must have” for gardeners because they protect the hands from infections, cuts, bristles and bites while working.
Most of them are waterproof and fit nicely to the hand to give extra comfort and firmness.
But can they protect you from electricity? Can they protect you from electrocution?
Do gardening gloves conduct electricity? There are many dangers gardening gloves can protect you from, but getting electrocuted is not one of them. Gardening gloves conduct electricity and shouldn’t be worn if exposure to electricity can’t be avoided. This means that electricity can go through them.
They are non electrical specified because they are meant to be used to handle dirt, mud, plants, soil etc. in the garden or yard.
Can electricity go through gloves?
Yes, electricity go through gloves.
This is why you should be careful about doing any electricity related work in your house.
Don’t think those fashionable gardening gloves will save you from getting electrocuted or shocked.
There are electrical gloves, made especially for electricians.
These are not even 100% reliable.
They have class divisions, and the class you buy depends on the degree of voltage you’ll be exposed to.
If you buy a glove in the class division lower than the voltage you expose yourself to, you’ll be electrocuted.
Electrical gloves with cuts, tears or holes conduct electricity too.
Electricity can go through them.
So even if you have the right glove with you, ensure it doesn’t have a tear or holes.
Leather gloves is one of the electrical gloves suitable for electricians but if they are fresh and not completely dried yet, electricity can pass through them.
Related: Here is an article on how to store your gardening gloves
What gloves do not conduct electricity?
While gardening gloves cannot stop one from getting electrocuted, there are electrical gloves sold in stores that do not conduct electricity.
This means that electricity cannot go through them, so you are in no danger of getting electrocuted or shocked.
Some of these electrical gloves come in rubber, latex and leather.
Rubber gloves are well insulated and can stop electric current from travelling your body while you are wearing them.
Latex also do not conduct electricity but wire edges can easily cut through them, making it weak, which is dangerous for you.
Electrical leather gloves are easy to use.
But make sure they are well dried if they’re fresh, have no holes or punctures, and they aren’t old.
Check out this article I wrote on Are gardening gloves waterproof?
Can electricity travel through latex gloves?
Yes, electricity can travel through latex gloves.
Latex gloves to an extent can protect one from electricity, but it depends on its thickness, whether it’s pure latex and the current that is involved.
You should also be sure that the latex gloves you have are specifically designed to protect against electric shocks.
Now, even if the latex gloves you have are designed to protect you from getting shocked, it’s still not the best option for gloves when dealing with electricity.
Latex gloves get easily punctured.
A loose strand of copper could puncture it while you’re working and this could be very dangerous.
Check for punctures and cuts before using your latex gloves.
There can however be perforations that human eyes can’t see, which will allow moisture to provide space for electricity to reach your skin.
For extra protection however, you should wear electrical leather gloves on your latex gloves before working with electricity.
What are gardening gloves used for?
Can you get electrocuted through leather gloves?
Leather gloves are good insulators.
That is, they can protect against shock and electrocution since electricity do not pass through them.
In some cases however, you can get electrocuted through leather gloves. This can happen if
✓ The class the leather gloves belongs to, is lower than the voltage you expose your hands to.
For example, a class 2 electrical leather gloves can only protect you from 17,000 voltage electricity and below. Not anything more.
✓ If it has a tear, cut or it is punctured.
This is why you need to check your gloves very well before each use.
And dispose of it when it expires.
✓ You use it alone. Leather gives aren’t meant to be used alone against electricity shock.
Wear rubber gloves first, then you can wear leather over it, to further protect your hands and rubber gloves.
Can surgical gloves prevent electric shock?
No, they cannot. They are designed to prevent transmission of microbes and not electrons.
This is why chest compression cannot continue during defibrillation.
Whether latex or nitrile, surgical gloves cannot protect you from shock if you’re exposed to high voltage electricity.
Can electricity travel through rubber?
No, electricity cannot travel through electricity because they are natural insulators.
So rubber coated equipment and clothing are better used to deal with electricity.
For example, you could use rubber gloves if you’re going to be dealing with electricity around your home or in a professional capacity.
You should however ensure that the rubber gloves are 100% rubber.
Rubber mixed with other materials cannot protect you against shock and electrocution.
This means that your rubber garden gloves cannot be adequate.
To make it fashionable and fit, other materials are added to the rubber garden gloves.
So you buy gloves that are specifically designed to handle electricity.
To protect yourself better, you should also make sure you wear leather protectors underneath your rubber gloves.
This is a sure way of making sure electricity can’t get to your skin.
Use leather protectors smaller than the rubber gloves so they can fit inside very well.
Gardening gloves conduct electricity.
This means that electricity can go through them.
This is because they aren’t designed to protect the skin from electricity.
Doing electrical works while wearing gardening gloves cannot you from getting electrocuted or shocked.
Rubber gloves do not conduct electricity because rubbers are natural insulators.
This is only true however if the rubber gloves are made with 100% rubber.
Rubber mixed with other materials aren’t good insulators.
It is also advisable that you wear leather protectors inside the rubber gloves.
You stand a greater chance of being protected by this.