Understanding the Dangers of Metal Wedding Rings

If you work in a profession where you could be exposed to electricity, you probably don’t wear a metal wedding ring. Metal rings on your finger could put you at heightened risk of injury or even death because metal conducts electricity. People in these professions, or who have hobbies where they could be at risk, have simply decided not to wear a ring at all. But others have discovered that there is another way: silicone wedding rings.

The Risks of Wearing Metal

An average metal wedding band costs around $450 (men’s ring) and $1,500 (women’s wedding band), and if you spent that kind of money on your ring, you probably want to wear it around. But if you work around or have hobbies that involve electricity, then you know how dangerous it can be to have metal attached to your body. Many workplaces even forbid wearing metal wedding bands because of the risks, including:

  • Welders

  • Security system and cable installers

  • Technicians

  • Electricians

It doesn’t take much electricity to cause your body serious harm. While the danger can vary from one person to another, 50 volts can be enough to cause fatal damage; other factors like the duration and where it enters the body also play a role (so a very quick “static electricity shock” of 20,000 volts may not kill you).

How to Protect Yourself

One way to protect yourself from the dangers of metal rings is to simply not wear a ring while you are at work. For those who would still like to show their love and commitment by wearing a ring, there is another option. Silicone rings entered the wedding ring market a while ago, but in recent years have surged in popularity to become not only a safe alternative to metal rings for anyone working around electricity, but also a super stylish option as well.

These rings have a significant advantage over metal because they don’t conduct electricity. Silicone rings are made of a soft, stretchy silicone rubber (a synthetic combination of silicon, carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen) that doesn’t have any conductive properties. In addition to the safety it provides around electricity, these rings can break if necessary (unlike metal rings), which means you won’t need to worry about ring avulsion injuries either. That also makes it a safer option than some other “non-conductive ring alternatives” like metal or ceramic, which could still pose a risk to your fingers from injury, and are far less comfortable.

Find Your Silicone Ring Today

If you’re an electrician or anyone who works around electricity and you need a safe, stylish option to wear a ring each day, check out Enso Rings and choose the perfect silicone wedding ring.

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