Everyone has seen a scene in a movie in which the heroes wade through standing water with nothing but the rubber soles of their shoes to protect them from the crackling wires bursting around them. In reality, however, personal protective equipment must meet higher standards to be safe.
Not all rubber is created equally. The rubber in most shoes has additives that conduct energy rather than block it. Rubber boots and gloves that are specifically designed to thwart the flow of electricity are what professional electricians use when they are dealing with live wires.
This is one of the reasons it’s important to hire an electrician to handle any electrical issues in your home. Certified professionals know exactly what they need to do to protect themselves and your home from electrical shocks.