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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 to fix cable jackets or protect them from damage. As there are countless meters of electric cables in nearly every home, such as speaker cables or TV cables, it’s advisable to always keep insulating tape at hand.
Surely there are countless devices in your home that only work with an electric connection – whether toaster, electric iron, vacuum cleaner, television set, stereo, or a baby phone. If you’d put all the required cables end to end, you’d reach quite an impressive number of meters. With every meter, though, the probability of a cable being defective rises. Should the cable jacket be damaged, you can quickly and simply help yourself and repair the damage. You don’t have to call an electrician and do not have to replace electric devices (for now).
Cables aren’t toys
Nonetheless, small children, in particular boys, can hardly keep their fingers off of cables. In order to quickly eliminate threats from brittle electric cables, you should always keep insulating tape on hand and get active 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 bring the wire to an electrician or completely replace the cable.