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Americans Underestimate Electrical Hazards and Risks

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Did you know that, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), electrical accidents and hazards claim 350 lives per year? People are exposed to electronics everywhere: at home, at work, and sometimes even in industrial or automotive manufacturing. This constant exposure, however, should not lull Americans into a false sense of security. Old wiring, damaged and fraying cords, and electrical parts can catch fire and pose serious electrocution risks. What simple tools help curb very serious threats?

Plastic Standoffs and Conduit

Insulation and separation is often essential for safe electrical flow. Standoffs can be used to raise and separate electrical components. Plastic standoffs, including nylon materials, may also be used to help distribute heat and keep cords organized and tangle-free. Conduit, similarly, protects wires by providing necessary insulation and separation from the elements, small animals and rodents, and harmful electromagnetism. Conduit and electric metal tubing (EMT) is often used in conjunction with conduit bushing, or soft materials used to protect wires and cables from EMT’s sharp edges.

Cable Ties

The airline industry was one of the first to use cable ties, also commonly referred to as hose ties and zip ties, commercially. Airline staff secured plane cables and wiring with zip ties to streamline maintenance and repairs. Today, stainless steel cable ties, nylon cable ties, and more, are used by thousands of industries all over the world. Stainless steel cable ties withstand high temperatures and flames, making them a popular choice for automotive and manufacturing applications. Nylon zip ties, on the other hand, can be reinforced and used for makeshift handcuffs, called PlastiCuffs. Workers can use a cable tie tensioning device or a zip tie gun to quickly and easily cut, install, and fasten ties into position. Most are available with adjustable tension and bundling settings for easy application and accuracy.

Staying safe at home, around the office, and in a manufacturing setting can start with a few simple tools. Conduit, plastic standoffs, and zip ties isolate, protect, and secure electrical wiring and components. More like this article:

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