In many aspects, cables make our daily routines easier, smoother and simpler. Cables make many conveniences in our lives possible (I’d pause here and think about those conveniences, but that’s not today’s topic of concern, however you can do just that…). Therefore it may be easy to overlook potential cable dangers they, if placed without consideration to safety.
Cable related danger may include tripping hazard, electrical shock and other scenarios. The key to cable dangers prevention is planning ahead when placing cables in a space. And avoiding accidents is not as complicated as one may think. Let’s look at a few areas of life where cables can cause accidents, and how those can be avoided.
Cable Dangers & Solutions!
Kids and cables (loose cables) are a reason for concern for obvious reasons. When “kid/baby proofing” your house, you will likely cover outlets. It is also advisable to lift all cords from the floor and out of children’s reach. Cables laying on the floor may not only be tripping hazard, but also be chewed on, or pulled (what item will come down falling?). In order to avoid children related cable dangers it is best to route your cables away from reach. If hiding the cables in the walls is not possible, it can be done with surface raceways or adhesive backed cable clips. Cables can be routed behind furniture, along base boards and around door frames.
Another part of the family may be your pet. Most pets like to play and chew on things, and they are completely unaware of the dangers of playing with cables, especially power cables. Rather than trying to teach your pets about cable dangers, conceal them. Raceways are a common solution, or metal braided sleeving.
With a little pre-planning you can avoid office tripping hazard for both home and business configurations. Offices today, even home offices, have so many cords, they need to be managed. Between the computer(s), copy/fax machine, telephones, etc. it is easy to end up with cable clutter. To avoid it, and the dangers that come with all those cables, take the time to plan ahead before you start building your office/putting everything in place. Use low profile floor cord covers where needed, raceways, and think of the cable route that will work best. Consider the needed cable length, and avoid cables that are longer than needed.
In general, proper concealment and smart cable routing will not only help avoid cable dangers, but also help prolong the life span of the cords, and help them achieve better performance.