Up in Tangles: Three Ways to Safer and Better Household Wiring and Cabling

Household Wiring and CablingElectrical appliances are now a mainstay in most households. These appliances, ranging from entertainment media equipment, to kitchen and laundry machines, to your smaller chargers, all use copper wires to draw electrical current from your sockets. These cables, if not properly organised, can go all tangled up and in some cases, be potentially dangerous.

Here are tips for smart and safe cabling.

Distribute Use of Electrical Sockets

Usually electrical sockets only have 2-3 slots. While some people expand this by using extension cords, this is not always advisable. Overloading a single socket can cause a drop in electrical current, which may affect power output on your appliances.

In addition, connecting too many cables on a single socket can turn into what electrical engineers call as ‘octopus’ connections. This creates a fire or shock hazard. If you must use extension cords, use them only temporarily.

Secure Wiring Insulation

The rubber insulation on wires is there for a reason. Wires with the conductor exposed are shock hazards waiting to happen. The insulator makes sure the electricity does not run from the wire to your body, Engineering Supplies explains.

That said, you must always inspect the cables you use, inspect them for any damage on the insulation jacket. If you are an electrician or an electronics technician applying quick repairs on any wiring system, electric tape is used as a temporary patch-up method. But for certain safety, heat shrink tubes may be used to cover loose insulation and hug the exposed conductors.

It goes without saying that you should not work on live electrical devices or electronics. Always use insulated tools such as long-nose pliers with rubber grips. Electric shocks are dangerous (shocks from AC sources can be fatal).

Properly Label and Secure Cabling

There may be areas in your home where there is heavy use of electrical wiring. In these circumstances, it is easy to be lost in the tangles of cabling. But any bloke worth his salt knows the value of properly organizing and labelling his wiring. The use of electrical accessories such as plastic tubings, coils and even cable ties and their mounts, pays dividends in securing your electrical cords. These can secure the cables together in groups of your arrangement, and keep them from being all over the place.

And while you are at it, go the extra effort of properly labelling the cords to their respective appliances. These help when anyone else other than you decide to fix the cabling as they can be properly guided.

Electrical wiring has its hazards. Doing the small efforts and measures to secure them properly can pay off in your home, office or whatnot. A little goes a long way.