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What You Need to Prevent Electrical Fires and Injury

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Did you know that, every year, 1,000 U.S. men and women die from electrical accidents, and another 30,000 suffer from shock-related injuries? Handling electricity and wiring can be extremely dangerous. Frayed, damaged, or even live wires poses risks of fire and shock. What tools and equipment keep people safe from electrical accidents, at home and in a professional setting?

Conduit and Grommets

Handling electricity safely heavily depends on a certain amount of insulation. Conduit, for example, comes in rigid and flexible forms, and wraps around cables to protect them from the elements, sharp rodents’ teeth, and sometimes even harmful magnetism. The protective tubing can be used in thousands of different applications, including indoor, outdoor, at-home, and commercial use.

Rubber grommets, on the other hand, can be circular or oblong. Grommets are durable, maintain their original shape under pressure, and redirect wires from sharp corners and edges to prevent wear, tear, and abrasion. Rubber grommet sizes vary a great deal, and grommets can typically be purchased to best suit the job or task at hand. Although most grommets are fashioned from rubber, some, particularly those in office settings, may be made of hard plastic.

Cable Ties

The airline industry was one of the first industries to use cable ties, also commonly referred to as zip ties, commercially. Mechanics and staff used cable ties to organize wires, and help keep wiring securely in position and well out of harm’s way. Today, zip ties are used for much the same purpose, and in a wide range of commercial applications. Most zip ties are made from plastic or nylon, and nylon zip ties are often strong enough for law enforcement to use as makeshift handcuffs, called plasticuffs. The same manufacturers produce other equipment that is likely to prevent electrical and industrial injury. Leveling feet, for example, help adjust equipment to precise heights, eliminating error and the likelihood of accidents.

Wiring, at home or in an professional setting, can pose significant risks. Workers can curb risks of fire, injury, or sometimes even death, by using insulating materials like conduit, or keeping wiring and equipment precisely in place with cable ties and leveling feet. Continue:

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