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Cable management is important. Whether you work in an office, lab or factory, loose cables and wires can pose serious slipping and fire risks. For many businesses, having a proper cable marking system can help significantly.

However, implementing a wire marking system is difficult without the correct tools and protocol. Thankfully, we have something that can make cable knots a distant memory.

Below, we’ll discuss how cable markers can help you achieve a better, more streamlined cable management system.

What Are Wire Markers?

Wire markers are self-adhesive labels that are made specifically for wires and cables. They are typically made of polypropylene and feature a range of letters and numbers.

By using a combination of numbers and letters, you can use a network of wire markers to set up a system. You can organise this system alphabetically or numerically.

Typically, wire markers come in two lengths: 38mm and 85mm. This allows them to bunch multiple wires and cables together, which is essential for cable management.

How to Organise Cables and Wires

We’ve discussed how to organise wires and set up a cable management system in our blog All Tangled Up: A Guide to Cable Management. However, let’s look specifically at how wire markers impact cable management.

One advantage is that wire markers can be used to highlight important wires and cables with “1”, and less important ones with higher numbers. This will allow you to organise important cables together, lessening the chance of someone accidentally cutting power to an important piece of equipment.

Other businesses may opt to use an alphabetised system, where cables are organised by letter. Either system works – just pick one and stick with it.

Cables and wires should be organised logically. It’s worth putting effort into, as a cable marking system has been proven to reduce accidents and cut costs.

What Happens If You Don’t Use A Cable Management System?

For many, disorganised cables are part of their day-to-day life. However, if they knew the dangers poorly managed cables posed, things would change. If you’re neglecting to implement a wire management system, then you’re literally playing with fire.

Common risks include:

  • Daisy-chaining extension leads, which can lead to fires.
  • Poorly managed cables can pull down and damage appliances.
  • Impacting network performance.
  • Slips, trips and falls. Over a third of injuries in the workplace are from slips, trips and falls, with a significant portion of these from tripping over wires and cables.

End Your Cable Frustrations Today

Wires and cables can be frustrating. However, with wire markers, you can take the first steps towards having a well-managed, organised workspace. Safety isn’t the only benefit; better wire management means more space for your employees and a healthier, happier office space overall.

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