Unlike other adhesive tapes, insulating tapes have no electric conductivity. Hence, they are used to mark cables or fuses that may not be turned on. Insulating tapes are also suitable for fixing cable jackets or protecting them from damage. As there are countless metres of electric cables in nearly every home, such as speaker cables and TV cables, it’s advisable to always keep insulating tape at hand.
There are likely to be countless devices in your home that only work with an electric connection, for example the toaster, iron, vacuum cleaner, television set, stereo or baby monitor. If you put all their cables end to end, they’d reach quite a length. With every metre, though, the likelihood of a cable becoming defective increases. Should the cable jacket be damaged, you can quickly and simply help yourself and repair the damage. You won’t have to call an electrician and will not need to replace electric devices (for now).
Cables aren’t toys
Nonetheless, small children, particularly boys, can hardly keep their fingers off cables. In order to quickly eliminate threats from brittle electric cables, you should always keep insulating tape on hand and step into action at the first sign of trouble. Even though you’ve told your children about the risks of live wires and wall sockets, you should always err on the side of caution.
Note: If the rubber insulation of a cable is damaged and wires are exposed, you should NOT use an insulating tape since its mechanical stability is not sufficient. In this case, you should either use shrinkage tubing or take the wire to an electrician or completely replace the cable.
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