Are Cable Management Boxes Safe? (what you should know)

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Yes, Cable management boxes are considered safer than loose cables.

Keep in mind that the type of materials used to make the box also matters. The chemicals surrounding electronics are very dangerous and should be handled with care. 

There are different types of cables that can pose a threat to your health. The three main categories are electrical cables, fiber optic cables, and coaxial cables.

However, not all cable types fall into one of these categories. 

Fortunately, these wires are color-coded which ensures you will know what they contain before you handle them.

Most (if not all) cable management boxes and systems that we sell include usage instructions warning against having any part of your body within the box, especially where power cables are concerned. This is primarily due to two factors:

The first goes back to our roots as an electrician tool supplier -in the event of a short (where someone has grabbed onto a live wire), you do not want them to become electrified through their feet by standing in a puddle of water. 

The second is safety from electrocution when working with overhead lighting or just about anything else powered by a 120-volt AC current.

We will admit to having put our feet in a couple of those boxes at one time or another, normally when we were looking for something and happened to be standing next to them. 

Even so, we trust the high quality and durability of the materials and design to keep us from harm. We always use good judgment though -and will never again place our hand inside a box if it is housing live wires.

What is a cable management box? 

A cable management box is a simple plastic case that organizes wires in order to keep them safe and clean. 

Some are designed for specific gadget models while others can hold multiple types of electronic gear. Whichever type you choose, these cases essentially provide a place for lots of different cables and wires to come together in one place.

How do they work? 

Most boxes are attached with adhesive so there is no need for complicated installation. They are available in a variety of shapes, such as squares or circles, and can be customized based on the size and number of cords you want to store. The box simply closes shut keeping your wire messes contained.

Do I need them? 

Although most people benefit from using cable management boxes, they might not be necessary for everybody. 

Whether you’ll find them useful really depends on how often you move around your computer equipment and what types of devices you have that require power: Do you keep everything in the same spot all the time? Are there multiple plugs to accommodate? How many cords do you have?

Can I use them for anything else? 

The sky’s the limit when it comes to what types of cables and devices you can store in these boxes. You can even mount them on the wall or under furniture if you don’t want them taking up space on your desk. 

These cases are not just for computer equipment, however. Any device that uses several different plugs will benefit from having this kind of storage case.

Safety precautions for Coaxial Cables

Coaxial Cable is made by placing an inner copper wire inside another plastic cover called dielectric insulation. 

This cover helps prevent any other objects from being placed inside this center wire. There are two types of coaxial cables, standard or video which is used to transmit TV signals, and CATV cable for Cable TV.

Standard coaxial cables are typically colored black with an extra layer of insulation wrapped around the center wire. 

The center wire has a solid metal casing that should be wiped down with rubbing alcohol before touching it, ensuring the safety of the individual holding this cable.

Video or Coax cables can also be found in two different types, shielded and unshielded. Unshielded cables do not contain any additional layers between their coatings whereas shielded cables do. 

Generally speaking, if you have an older computer these are most likely unshielded while newer computers will have them as shielded wires. Although being UNSHIELDED is the least threatening, they should be handled with great care and kept away from anything electronic. 

The outside insulation coatings of these cables can contain oils and acids that can cause damage.

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You should also keep this wire out of reach for children as it is a choking hazard. If it gets tangled around an individual’s neck it can pose health risks.

Coaxial Cable Flammability – Coaxial cable has low flammability characteristics. Therefore if exposed to fire or heat damage there will be very few toxic emissions. However, if you are concerned about the fire hazard then it is recommended to replace these wires with new ones.

Safety precautions for Fiber Optic Cables

Fiber optic cables are also known as optical fiber cables and carry light signals instead of electrical currents. They do this by carrying light waves through a cable made from glass or plastic fibers. 

The glass fibers that transmit the light signal have to be protected by outer layers such as plastic or Kevlar. You can identify them because they will appear much thicker than other cables and also appear to be see-through in colorless areas. 

These cables contain dangerous chemicals so it is important to handle them with great care and keep them out of reach for children. The outer insulation coatings of the cable may contain the following chemicals:

Toxic Flammability in high concentrations is considered a fire hazard in cables. When exposed to heat, toxic gases such as Hydrogen chloride and phosgene are generated. This can cause damage to the respiratory system, chronic heart failure, and blindness. 

To be on the safe side avoid smoking near these wires or putting your hands near your face when handling them.

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Fiber-optic Cable Safety Tips

Do not use it for anything other than its intended purpose. Additional uses can lead to stress fractures that could cause breakage and create a shattering effect if dropped. 

Keep this wire away from young children Ensure that they do not get around anyone’s neck or body Use the correct tools when inserting this wire into ports Ensure that your work area is clean before dealing with these wires

In recent years, more and more manufactures have begun attaching cables inside of their equipment that is capable of carrying very high voltage signals. These cables carry voltages higher than 300 volts AC (alternating current). 

Normally, this would not be a problem as all electronics sold within the USA operate with 110 – 120 volts AC.

Unfortunately for consumers purchasing these products, they often do not realize until after the fact so let me explain further:

Any product containing high voltage cabling should be accompanied by a warning label that states something to the effect of, “Warning: This product is protected with high voltage cabling. 

To avoid electric shock, do not attempt to remove the cover from this item.” In fact, many companies have already begun implementing these labels due to previous incidents.

In early 2007, PC World magazine published an article about a fatal accident involving a 17-year-old boy from Japan. He was killed while attempting to upgrade his desktop computer. 

After removing the power supply from his old case and installing it in his new one; he plugged it in but did not turn it on first. When he opened up the cover of the power supply, he accidentally touched live 220 volt AC wiring which electrocuted him instantly.

While this accident was incredibly tragic, it does not come as a complete surprise. Anyone who has built their own computer before knows that opening up the power supply can sometimes reveal an enormous tangle of wires. 

With this much voltage inside, one must exercise extreme caution. It is quite possible for many of these cables to be touching each other even though they are not visible from the outside of the unit.

As you can see the internal cable management system hides all of the wirings behind hard drive trays and underneath removable motherboard mounts. Normally, there should never be more than 5 or 6 voltages present inside any given system but with only 3 volts exposed on top; 1 false move could prove disastrous. One small slip up and the results could be as deadly as those seen in this video.

If you are planning to purchase a pre-built system or an individual piece of equipment containing these cables, always remember: High Voltage Cabling = High Risk. Don’t remove any covers unless directed and don’t ever allow anyone else to mess with them either.

Cables are used on a daily basis in every household. They help to connect many devices together, allowing them to communicate and do their designated task. The technology for home cables has improved over time but they still need to be handled carefully. 

Use the information presented here to make sure you stay safe when handling any kind of cable. Always keep children away from cables and cords, especially if it is a coaxial cable, as it can pose a choking hazard.

Conclusion

If you see high voltage cabling inside your computer or any other device; refrain from trying to open it up.

Contact the manufacturer and request instructions on how to disconnect them safely before doing anything else. Better to be safe than sorry.

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