7 Easy Ways to Prevent Cable-Related Dangers

Children, Employees, Guests, Meeting Participants, Delivery Personnel, Equipment and Pets!

BY: Christina Hansen

7 Easy Ways to Prevent Cable-Related Dangers

Children, Employees, Guests, Meeting Participants, Delivery Personnel, Equipment and Pets!

BY: Christina Hansen

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It can be a tripping hazard or the risk of electrical shock, but one thing's for sure: whenever people and cables come together, there's always the threat of injury. You never know what can happen… cable-related accidents can result in just about anything, ranging from mild embarrassment to lawsuits. So whether you're a parent, business owner or pet lover, reduce on-premises cable dangers with these 7 easy tips from CableOrganizer.com.

1. Children

Have kids? Have loose, floor-level electrical cords? Small children and cables are not a safe combination, so if you answered “yes” to both of those questions, you've got some cable management to do! Many parents cover unused outlets to protect their children from shock, but precautions shouldn't end there. Just as there's a risk of kids sticking fingers or sharp objects into electrical receptacles, there are also less-obvious dangers that come from small children chewing, tripping and pulling on household cables.

One of the easiest ways to protect your children from cable-related harm is to lift cords off the floor and out of their reach! With our adhesive-backed cable clips, cords can easily be routed around doorframes, run behind furniture, and secured against higher surfaces. Another of our child-safety favorites is surface raceway, the perfect solution for containing and disguising cable runs between your electronics and power outlets.

lady wrapped in several cables

2. Employees

From computers and phones to fax machines and copiers, the devices that make modern business possible come with a bevy of cable-related tripping hazards! The unruly cords that crawl around office floors are an accident waiting to happen. Avoid the expense, frustration, and downtime that accidents can cause, by increasing your employee safety factor with light capacity floor cord covers. Our easy to install, low-profile cord covers significantly reduce the risk of employees tripping, and help prevent damage to power and data cables that are continually walked over.

lady wrapped in several cables

3. Guests

Picture this scenario: you've invited a new friend (let's call him “Bob”) over for dinner. At some point during the grand tour of your home, you proudly point out the brand-new flat screen TV hanging on your living room wall. Bob, much impressed, runs over to take a closer look, but fails to notice the long lamp cord in his path. Cord snags foot, down comes Bob; Bob gets a close-up of your carpet instead.

Entertaining people in your home is supposed to be fun… the last thing you'd want is to move the party to the Emergency Room! Always remember: there are two universal truths to consider before sending out invitations:

- Household cords get a kick out of tripping unsuspecting visitors
- Guests don’t always watch where they're going

So take Guest Safety into your own hands, and prevent cable-related accidents with ingenious but simple-to-use products like the SafCord Cord Cover. Hook-and-loop anchored SafCord is specifically designed for use with loop, Berber, and commercial-grade carpets. If you've got cords running across carpeted rooms, hallways or staircases, just cut this rugged Cordura® cover to the length you need, lay it over the cables, and gently press to secure it to the carpet. Even though it uses no adhesives, SafCord holds cables firmly in place, and can be walked over virtually unnoticed.

lady wrapped in several cables

4. Meeting Participants

Gone is age where the only props needed for meetings were easels and whiteboards. These days, just about every conference room event requires Internet access, projectors, and -- at the very least -- laptops. Conditions like that add up to a lot of cables, which can turn into an entire roomful of tripping hazards if they're all stretched from the table top to outlets and data ports in the wall.

If you're looking for a way to prevent meeting participants from tripping on conference room cables, CableOrganizer.com has the perfect solution: table top power and data distribution units. Products like the Interport Power/Data Center and Altinex's Pop-N-Plug Slim allow you to have AC power outlets and data ports built directly into you conference tabletop, so there's no more need to run cords across the pathways in your boardroom. Easily configured in multiples, these unique distribution units can be closed flush with the table's surface when not in use, and give your conference room a neat, professional, and well-appointed appearance.

Yellow Jacket cable protectors in warehouse

5. Delivery Personnel

Whether it's inventory, office supplies or just lunch, if your business regularly receives orders that are carried into the workplace by delivery personnel, cable safety measures are a must-have. It's easy to trip over a cable even if you aren'tcarrying something bulky, so imagine how much the risk increases for delivery personnel, who have to navigate through offices while balancing boxes, unable to see the floor ahead of them!

Cord covers provide you with a simple and effective means to secure cables and prevent on-premises tripping hazards. For deliveries into office environments, products like Yellow Jacket's DO-Lite™ cable protectors help to secure cords to the floor, protecting delivery personnel from nasty trip-and-fall accidents, and making it easier for them to maneuver hand trucks or carts over cables.

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6. Pets

Just because your furry friends are low to the ground, don't let them fall below the radar when it comes to cable safety! In addition to being naturally playful and inquisitive, most dogs and cats also love to gnaw things… but play can become dangerous very quickly if your pet decides to sink its teeth into a floor-level power cord. Chances are you'll never find a way to break your pet's chewing habit, but you’re still in luck: CableOrganizer.com has products to help protect and deter the cable chompers running around your house.

One of your best options is to “armor” cables with an overlay of stainless steel braided sleeving, which is extremely resistant to penetration by animal teeth. Metal braided sleevings work so well that several government agencies use them to protect outdoor cables from animals in the wilderness. In addition to the shielding it provides, stainless steel braided sleeving often deters pets from gnawing in the first place: thanks to it's metallic composition, it gives that unpleasant “chewing on tin foil” sensation, which often keeps pets from coming back for more.

Yellow Jacket cable protectors in warehouse

7. Equipment

Okay, so maybe your electronic devices can't trip over power cords like people do… and they're definitely not going to chew on cables the way your pets might! But that doesn't mean they don't need protection. Computers, home theater equipment, and other electrically sensitive equipment face a different kind of cable-related danger: power surges.

Whether power surges happen as the result of power line disturbances or nearby lightning strikes, they always mean the same thing: high levels of excess voltage suddenly running through our electrical circuits. If electronic devices are plugged directly into unprotected outlets when a power surge occurs, there's a high risk of their microprocessors being “fried” by the spike in current.

The best way to prevent your electronics from becoming power surge casualties is to plug them into a surge protector (also called a surge suppressor), a type of power distribution unit that provides the additional service of diverting excess electrical current away from your equipment, sending it to a safe grounding line instead. Be sure to check out the wide variety of surge protection units available at CableOrganizer.com.

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