We all have a million electrical cords running across different power outlets at homes. From laptop chargers to hairdryers, it’s essential to protect the electrical cords from either fraying, from babies and animals, and other hazards, such as fire and shock. If you have a baby or a pet running across all hallways and rooms, then you’ll know how difficult it is to protect electrical cords from babies chewing on it or falling by tripping on them. Most of the electrical cords, such as laptops and phone chargers, get frayed due to the fiction at the edge, costing you a new one to avoid any injuries.
You can avoid further injuries and hazards and cut down on additional costs of replacing electrical cords by following simple hacks. Let’s further discuss five hacks to protect the power cords at home from getting damaged. While some of the hacks mentioned below are DIY, you may also require to buy some products to protect the electrical cords at your home.
Electrical cords running across without the necessary protection increases the risk of hazards such as fire and may damage the power cord over time. While one of the ways to protect such electrical cords is by tubing and casing, it’s not a suitable solution for all. The process is a little too much for some people. The best possible solution in such cases is to use a spiral wrap to protect a power cord. They protect the cords from unnecessary pressure and allow maximum flexibility.
Spiral wraps are spiralled plastic that wraps around cords, protecting them and adding visual appeal to the room. You can use spiral wraps for any cords that you use more frequently every day. They protect the cords from friction and work great if you worry about your baby or pet chewing on power cords and cables.
Some of the electrical cords and cables that we use regularly stay connected to the power outlet permanently, for years, such as TV and other entertainment consoles. Those permanently connected cables have a long life as they are not disturbed, unlike the other cables that get twisted, bent, and what not during transportation and storage, such as phone and laptop chargers.
The daily wear and tear of those cables and power cords may result in fraying, ultimately leading to fire and shock hazards. That’s not all; you may even need to replace the damaged appliances and cords that can be expensive. You can use the spring from a discarded clickable pen, stretch it and wrap around the cable near the base. Doing so will prevent the cable from bending and tearing, which causes them to fray.
We all know that not all power outlets are within reach while using certain electrical appliances. The most trusted alternative to that is using extension cords. However, one problem that comes along with using these extension cords is that they lay on the ground across hallways and walking spaces. While tucking them under the rug or carpet seems like the best solution, the risk of fire is high.
When covered under the rug for long durations, the electrical cords tend to overheat, which, in turn, leads to shock and fire hazards. The best possible solution to avoid such a situation is by covering the extension cords lying on the floor using a gaffer’s tape or even better, a duct cord cover. However, investing in a duct cord cover is much better as you can tuck in multiple extension cords together.
The problem with long cords across the house, along with babies and pets, is that they tend to chew or damage the electrical cords, exposing them to further damage. A simple DIY solution to that is by coiling the cord together, spirally, and holding it in place using a zip tie. Don’t forget to get rid of the sharp tips of the zip tie. However, if you wish to keep things tidy and avoid any dust gathering on the pile of cord, invest in a cord shortener, according to your requirements.
Cord shorteners coil the excess power cord spirally and store them inside a plastic receptacle, keeping the power cord out of children’s reach. The best part about cord shorteners is that they do the job without losing any visual appeal of the room and home.
Another challenge for many parents is the power outlets that are visible and within the child’s reach. Babies attack electrical cords and cables, pull the plugs from the power outlets, and tend to insert sharp metal objects in the vacant power outlets. In such a case, it’s necessary to protect any visible power outlets across your home.
The best way to do that is by getting an outlet box to cover the plugs and hold the electrical cords in place. The outlet boxes can comfortably accommodate two plugs at once and can be the perfect solution to include only the power outlets that are visible and within the child’s reach. Doing so will reduce the risk of shock and also any fire hazards as open power outlets are highly dangerous.
Apart from the hacks mentioned above, some of the best practices to protect electrical cords at home include using extension cords only for a temporary purpose. Make sure to inspect the power outlets and cables regularly. Also, avoid using cables and electrical cords across doors at all times as they tend to bend and break due to the movement of the door.