Home safety is an important thing especially when you have young children or elderly parents. There are many different things that can be done to help make your home safe for you and your family at all times. Here are just some of those things that you may not have thought about.
Protect You and Your Family With These Home Safety Tips
Smoke Alarms: No matter what time of the year it is there is always a risk of a fire outbreak. This can cause death or serious injury. Monthly checking of your smoke alarms will help to keep you safe each and every year. If you don’t have one or two installed into your home then you should think about investing in one as it could save your life one day.
Cable Covers: Messy cables spread out across the floor can cause a tripping hazard, especially when they are in the way of doorways or other walking areas. With the use of a simple cable cover you can easily and neatly organize all your cables into one area eliminating multiple strands of cables. These cable covers also help to protect your cables from becoming damaged when constantly stepped on. They are great for any home safety plan.
Safety Glasses: Safety glasses are beneficial for protecting your eyes when you are doing outdoor chores. These are great for wearing when mowing, wiper-snipping or brush cutting, cutting tree branches, shoveling dirt, and so much more. The eyes are important and once they are damaged it can’t be reversed. Safety glasses can help to protect your eyes from small particles that may float or be thrown towards your face.
Fire Cable Clips: Cable clips such as the Chameleon Clips Electrical Fire Safety Clips are great in a number of ways. These clips are designed to be wrapped around your electrical cords when they are constantly plugged into the power to help provide a warning if the cord is overheating. These cable clips change colour from green to orange if the cord has become hot. This can help to warn you of the danger of a possible fire risk while also saving you and your children from getting burnt. These are a great item when looking to improve your home safety.
Filed under: Cable Management, Cable Ties, Clips and Grommets, Cable Wraps, Cables and Wires, Cord Covers
Cables are used in many applications right around the world so it is important to protect them to ensure that they don’t become damaged when in use. Cable protection products come in a variety of different sizes, types, and designs to choose from, and here are some simple tips to help purchase the right cable protection for your applications.
Tips When Choosing The Right Cable Protection
Type: One of the first things to consider when it comes to cable protection is the type needed to suit your application. There are different types of cable protection products that can be purchased and these are cord covers, cable sleeving, wire loom and heat shrink tubing.
- Cord Covers: Cord covers come in a variety of types including ramps, floor covers, and lightweight or heavy duty cord covers for industrial and business use. These covers are designed to be placed over the cabling that is on the ground which is great for applications where cords are run from one end of the building to the other or where constant traffic may be walking or driving over the cables.
- Cable Sleeving: Cable sleeving is designed to be threaded over the top of the cable like a hose to help protect the cable from damage. This form of cable protection comes in many different types to provide resistance against abrasions and heat. They help to reduce cuts or breakages in the cords if an accident in the work area occurs.
- Wire Loom: Wire loom cable protection options allow for cables to bend evenly promoting additional support without over-bending. Wire loom features a spiral design and is able to help protect against chewing pets, cuts, abrasions, and kinks. They are ideal for areas where cables may require additional bending around certain objects.
- Heat Shrink Tubing: Heat Shrink Tubing is designed to provide a sealable protection which can help to seal off wiring ends and breakages in the cables or wires. This form of cable protection is designed to shrink around the cables when heated creating the perfect protection barrier around the wires with ease.
Size: Another thing to consider is the size needed. Measuring your cable length is important. When buying the right length it is beneficial to purchase one a little longer than the cable area to ensure that the whole length or area will be fully covered at all times.
Application: Another important aspect to consider is purchasing the right cable protection product for your application. High traffic areas require heavy duty cable covers, while smaller applications may only require lightweight and versatile covers that can be removed if needed.
So when purchasing your cable cover for protecting your cables why not take these simple tips into consideration to ensure that you purchase the right one for your applications.
Filed under: Cable Management, Cable Wraps, Cord Covers
When it comes to the automotive industry there are a lot of components and parts which interact with each other. Because of this it is important to protect certain parts from others to reduce the risk of being damaged from overheating when the vehicle is running for long periods of time. Products such as the Bentley-Harris Convoshield™ AL Thermal Sleeving are perfect for helping to protect hoses and other cabling from being damaged from hot working parts. Here are some benefits of this specific thermal sleeving that may help when working in the automotive industry.
Benefits Of Bentley-Harris Convoshield™ AL Thermal Sleeving
Advantage #1 – Heat Resistance: One of the first benefits of using this thermal sleeving within your application is that it provides high heat resistant properties. This sleeving is heavily manufactured to be used in applications that can reach up to 1000°F or 500°C. Because of this it makes it perfect for use in some of the harshest environments where high heat damage or exposure may be evident within the automotive industry.
Advantage #2: – Easy Installation: No matter which application you are installing thermal sleeving, the best advantage about a product is the installation. This thermal sleeving provides a split lengthwise down the sleeve which promotes easy wrapping of components no matter how far down the line without having to disconnect the hoses or cables to tread them through. This is beneficial for saving time and money, and provides a reusable product for many applications.
Advantage #3 – Heavy Duty Construction: Because of the metallic and rugged loom construction this thermal sleeving can also be beneficial to protect against corrosive fluids, moisture, and abrasions. It is also capable of improving life and efficiency of the hoses and cables, and features a corrugated design which helps to increase strength and flexibility when used.
Advantage #4 – Versatility: Not only does the Bentley-Harris Convoshield™ AL Thermal Sleeving provide optimal protection it also promotes high versatility. This product is beneficial for use with engine compartments, control rooms, motorcycle hoses and lines, or other areas where increased heat may be present. It is capable of fitting smaller and larger sized cables and is perfect for a range of different automotive applications.
Based on our frequent use of them around the office, as well as feedback from customers, everybody loves how easy light duty flexible cord covers are to use. They can go just about anywhere you need them, they’re lightweight, and they’re made of flexible extruded plastic, so they can be rolled up for storage without any problem. If they’re too long, you can cut them to length with a razor knife, and they provide plenty of cable protection for everyday home and office situations.
Just one problem. They can only withstand light traffic, and they don’t hold much.
Typical light duty cord covers are great if you have just an extension cord and maybe a couple of Ethernet or phone cords, but beyond that, conditions can get cramped and lead to crushed cables, which is what you’re trying to avoid in the first place… right? And don’t even think about subjecting light duty covers to high-volume foot traffic, or rolling anything larger than an office chair or small cart over them. They’re not built for that kind of rough treatment.
Up to now, if lightweight, flexible cord covers weren’t quite enough to deal with the kind of abuse your particular application would be dishing out, the only obvious next-step-up would be molded polyurethane or heavy duty rubber cable protectors, both of which are great, but have a tendency to be tough to store (they can’t roll up) and more expensive. Luckily, there’s a new big and flexible cord cover in town.
Meet the Super Duty cable cover, a sort of next-gen hybrid that combines the simplicity and flexibility of a light duty cord cover with larger size and increased toughness than lean more toward the high capacity end of the spectrum. Basically a flexible extruded plastic cord cover on steroids, the Super Duty is far better suited to life in warehouses, garages, special events and industrial settings than their smaller residential and office-friendly counterparts, thanks to longer length, larger wire channels, and 1/4 inch thick inner columns for improved support.
As with many of its light capacity counterparts, the Super Duty cord cover comes unslit, so you can decide exactly where and how you want to create cable entrance points along the flat bottom surface, using just a basic utility knife. One feature that I really like is that there are three different score marks running along the bottom of the cover, so that once you find a slit location that will work for you, there’s a guide to keep your knife straight and provide a cutting reference.
Tip-overs always happen so unexpectedly. Like when you’re standing in line at the airport, and the heavy purse or laptop bag that’s lashed to the handle of your tiny wheeled carry-on makes things top heavy, and the whole stack tumbles. Or when your full-grown-adult coffee bar coworker decides, instead of grabbing a stepladder, to climb stock shelves like a monkey to retrieve the lone bag of espresso beans from the very top. Or when another full-grown-adult decides to build up some momentum and ride on, instead of push, an almost-empty grocery cart (“But it worked in the Staples commercial!”).
Yep. I have experienced all of these scenarios firsthand, but for the record, I was merely a horrified onlooker for the second two. But all that aside, tip-overs pretty much suck, no matter what the situation – and there are a lot of possibilities. Take, for example, the fiasco that could unfold if you were carting around a seemingly stable load of 10 or 20 cable protectors. I’m not talking about the flexible, lightweight plastic ones that coil up and can be carried as comfortably and easily as, say, a couple of folded towels. I’m talking about the hardcore polyurethane models that weigh a small ton and can cause quite a ruckus, and possibly pain, if they derail from their wheeled storage cart at an inopportune moment.
While cable protector carts have always sounded like pure genius to me, there are some that, when not fully loaded, run the risk of tipping over as soon as the heavy side gets the better of things. That’s because like some folding-chair carts you may have seen, these wheeled cable cover racks load vertically instead of horizontally. The vertical orientation isn’t a problem, per se, unless the cart is partially loaded, and its weight isn’t balanced. But shouldn’t a cord cover cart be balanced all of the time?
I happen to think so, and that’s why I’m so digging this Cable Guard Transport Cart. Sized to hold up to 25 heavy duty cable protectors, this cart remains stable even if there are only 3 or 8 or 12 actually loaded onto it. That’s because this cable guard cart carries cord protectors horizontally, so matter how many or how few you’re dealing with, their weight is always evenly distributed – leaving you free to let go of the cart at any time, with no fear of tip-overs.
I love balance.
Covering up and routing cable runs has always seemed like such a no-brainer… just reach for a few sticks of raceway, right? Not so fast. What if the cables you want to cover up are running down an outdoor surface? That’s a little trickier. Raceway typically adheres to surfaces by way of an adhesive backing – one that only works in nice temperature-controlled indoor spaces. One look at a rain cloud or the beating sun, and it would wilt and fall right off the wall. Time for something tougher. Time for Wire Guards.
I really like it when I’m surprised by the simplicity of a very effective product, and that’s definitely the case with these. Wire Guards are basically just extruded plastic arch-shaped channels with flanges down either side. That’s it. The channels are laid over the cable or cables of your choice, and then the flanges, which are pre-punched for nails or screws, are fastened down to the surface. The cables are held in place, and get a layer of lightweight armor to boot, so they’re considerably more resistant to the unwanted advances of weather, pecking birds, and even bored kids in search of something to mess with.
Wire Guards are terrific for exposed outdoor power cables, speaker wires, and the Cable TV coaxial cable running down the side of your house. They would even be great for use in semi-finished basements, if you need to run wire along a wall surface. And as far as size goes, you can take your pick – Wire Guards can be narrow enough to provide cover for just one wire, or wide enough to fit over an entire cable bundle.
A decade in South Florida may not have gotten me a tan, but it did something even better: desensitized me to the presence of reptiles. A random gecko or two in the house? No problem. An iguana lumbering across my front walk? Bring it on. And a giant, bright-green anole in the backyard mango tree? Awesome!
I feel so liberated that I can now sleep at night, even knowing that there may be a lizard loose in the house (true, those geckos may be tiny, but still: progress is progress). There’s just one problem: even though I’m finally able to harmoniously coexist with lizards, I still have a major aversion to snakes. I’m not even talking about the various Asian and African pythons that are slowly strangling the life out of the Everglades. I’m taking about garter snakes. They’re generally puny and pathetic as far as slithering wildlife goes, but they keep trying to sneak into the house through my side door, and at that I take great offense.
Ever since I found that baby garter snake hanging out in the middle of my hallway late one Friday night, I’ve begun cringing involuntarily at the sight of anything that’s black and yellow striped and has a tendency to arrange itself in a wavy, s-like shape. I shiver to imagine such things. But I think I may have found something that will get me over that…
Strangely enough, it’s a cord cover, but one of a most peculiar sort. You know how garter snakes are slithery and striped with black and yellow in a bad way? Well, the SideWinder Cable Protection System is both of those things as well, but in a very, very good way.
Most cord protectors are rigid, and have the tendency to run only in straight lines unless you connect them with specially-manufactured angles and bends. Every twist and turn you make is extremely deliberate, and you have to plan ahead and purchase accordingly for them. But what if you could protect ground cables with something that was both incredibly tough and flexible, that you could just snake around obstructions as needed, without any special planning or parts. You can, with the SideWinder.
The SideWinder system is made up of a long line of articulating 1.5″ segments, which are hinged together to form a single, continuous cord protector. Need to round a corner or work around a column, platform, or other obstruction? No problem – just bend the SideWinder to follow any path, no matter how full of turns it may be. It can even be customized for length: just snap on or remove extra pieces, and you won’t be stuck with too much or too little coverage. Talk about great cable protection that won’t cramp your style…
Ever since I got into the cable management business, I’ve come to think of heavy duty cord covers as being essential wherever pedestrians, vehicles, and ground-level cables need to harmoniously coexist. They keep wires and hoses from the irreversible damage that happens when they’re trampled underfoot by pedestrians (or run over by carts, cars and trucks), and they protect people, too – any of you ever tripped over a power cord?
There’s just one small hitch – heavy duty polyurethane cord covers can require a hefty startup investment if you need more than a few. Say that you belong to a small organization (like a school, church, or not-for-profit organization) that needs to put on a special event. Say that at this special event, there will be power and data cords running all over the ground, to hook up speakers, computers, video displays, and maybe the odd cotton-candy machine or two. Add to those cables a bunch of event attendees who probably won’t be looking where they step, and you have some serious liabilities on your hands. You need industrial-grade cord covers to keep things safe, but don’t have the budget to actually purchase them. What do you do?
We realized that the Need vs. Cost issue can be a problem for some organizations, so we’ve come up with a solution: rentals. If your business is located in the greater Fort Lauderdale/Miami metro area, you now have the option to rent Electriduct Hawk cord protectors on a daily basis. No paying full purchase price or footing hefty shipping bills – just reserve the number of cord protectors you need, drop by our warehouse to pick them, and bring them back when you’re done. Be sure to check out the details – it’s an option you won’t want to pass up!
I can be so closed-minded sometimes – especially when it comes to Neoprene. All I have to do is hear or read the word, and I mentally immerse myself into sparkling turquoise waters and Cousteau-esque daydreams of teeming coral reefs, sea turtles, and schools of vibrant, darting fish. What’s the connection? Wet suits. Ever since my first trip to a dive shop at age 11 (I had to be “outfitted” for my super-cool snorkeling class at the YMCA), I’ve always associated Neoprene with scuba gear.
Well, I was recently shaken right down to my fins when I found out that these days, Neoprene is making its mark on the world of cord covers as well. That tidbit alone is enough to rock your world, right? Okay, I’m exaggerating, but you probably didn’t expect to hear that, did you? It’s nice to know I’m not the only one. Sooooooo, I bet you’re dying to hear all about the Neoprene cord covers that finally changed my viewpoint. Well then, I won’t keep you waiting.
The first thing that hit me about these cord covers is that they have a much nicer – shall we say more refined? – look than the average plastic cord cover. Secondly, they’re a lot easier to lay flat on the floor right out of the box. Plastic cord covers usually need a little coaxing to flatten out after they’ve been stored rolled up. That isn’t necessarily a problem, but it’s really nice that Neoprene cord covers don’t keep you waiting.
They also weigh practically nothing, because they’re basically just molded foam. But my absolute favorite feature is that they can be loaded from the top, through “secret” slits. I can practically feel you furrowing your brow over that one – I’ll explain. Standard flexible cord covers are typically slit lengthwise along their undersides, so that you can slip cables into the cord channel from the bottom. This is fine, it just means that you have to flip the entire cord cover over every time you want to add or remove a cable. These plastic cord protectors generally have a smooth, dome-like surface. Now for the Neoprene: these also have bottom slits, but hidden among what looks like decorative contouring on the upper surface are two additional lengthwise slits that actually let you top-load cables. You never need to flip the cord covers over unless you want to use the third channel – how easy is that?
It’s the second day of our Countdown to Christmas, and even though the main event is only 9 days away, I still have decorating on the brain. Sure, the tree’s been up since Thanksgiving weekend and my office Christmas lights for only a few days less than that, but I can’t seem to resist the red, green and shiny baubles and boughs anytime I’m walking through Target, the craft store, or even the supermarket, where I just caved in and bought a pair of glittery red taper candles. Yeah. I’m normally committed to elegance and tastefulness, but this is the time of year to throw sensible decor out the window and go for what makes you smile, giggle, or turn into a starry-eyed kid again. That said, I’m seriously thinking about acquiring a decorative power strip cover that’s festooned in snowmen.
You heard me. Why not? Like I want to look at a stark, drab power strip laying under the Christmas tree. So I’m thinking about disguising/snazzing things up with a cute little facade that features 5 jolly snowman buddies who look like they’re having some good old-fashioned, lighthearted holiday fun. This decorative power strip cover comes in two pieces that snap together, forming a power strip-sized shelf that’s camouflaged by a very festive front panel. As I mentioned, it’s perfect under the Christmas tree, but also works great anywhere else you may need to plug in light strands, like on the sills of decorated windows. And when the holidays are over, just unsnap the two parts and store them flat in an ornament box until next year.