Just how risky is old and ageing cable?
Investing in high quality contemporary cabling isn’t a luxury – it can literally mean life or death!
Hands up who doesn’t have a twisted pile of random cables lurking at the back of a cupboard in your home or workplace? Collected over the years, it’s likely no one can remember what they originally belonged to or their antiquity.
Should you hang onto them for future use? Probably not!
A recent test of 43 old USB-C to USB-A cables by PC World magazine found only one that functioned well, while ten had the potential to do some severe damage to connected devices due to incorrect wiring and resistors. Other observations were extra-slow data transfer speeds and high resistance in some charging cables. “Destroy your current pile” was the suggested advice in most cases.
Our homes contain dozens of metres of mostly concealed wiring that may also need attention, especially as outdated and degraded wiring is among the leading causes of house fires in Australia.
Old wiring often simply can’t cope with the electrical load of modern appliances, and may have deteriorated through age, rodent activity and overheating. Aluminium wiring, which is particularly prone to overheating, can still be found in some houses built between the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Black rubber cabling and sheathed rubber cabling commonly used in Australian homes until around 1950, is prone to disintegrating, leaving exposed wiring that can cause electrical discharge, short circuits and sparks that can ignite a fire. And, to top it all, old cabling often contained toxic materials such as cadmium and lead which are extremely detrimental to health.
Fortunately, cabling has changed significantly over time with the introduction of, and regular improvements to, new technologies and industry standards.
Modern cable design includes superior fire safety features such as flame retardance and low smoke, halogen-free components. It also provides better insulation and energy efficiency, for example through the use of electrolytic grade copper, and higher heat resistance to increase product lifespan and lead to fewer replacements. It’s better for the environment too, due to significantly reduced chemical composition that’s more environmentally sustainable.
This is why it’s so important for product designers and producers to choose an experienced and knowledgeable cable and wiring manufacturer that works to a strict Quality Control System, performs 100% unit checks, and has a reputation for on-time delivery with ‘zero defect’ return – just like us at Complete Wiring!
It’s really satisfying to supply a wide range of industries and product manufacturers with cable and wiring that’s carefully made for contemporary use and situations to make people and our living and working environments safer – while keeping systems and equipment operating smoothly and for longer at the same time!
So don’t take the risk, come and talk to us about quality custom cabling and wiring solutions for your products and industrial projects.
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