Electrical pliers are used when working with electricity and making electrical connections. Special cutters on the pliers allow them to be used to cut wire to length and to strip away the wire's outer coating as well. With the protective coating removed, the wire is ready for a connector to be crimped into position using the electrical pliers. Typically, electrical pliers have rubber-coated handles to help protect the user from electric shock. It is important that the handles be kept clean and free of grease or any similar electrically-conductive material that could help transfer electricity from the pliers to an operator. Any sign of rip or nicks in the protective insulating coating of the pliers's handles should be grounds for replacement or repair of the tool.