Cable cleats explainedFor an electrical installation to be deemed safe, cables need to be restrained in a manner that can withstand the forces they generate, including those generated during a short circuit. This is the job that cable cleats are specifically designed to do. Take them away, and the dangers posed by a short circuit are plentiful – costly damage to cables and cable management systems, plus the risk to life posed by incorrectly or poorly restrained live cables.It’s important to bear in mind that it’s not just the use of a cable cleat that is vital, but the use of a correctly specified cable cleat – all an underspecified product would do in a short circuit situation would be to add to the shrapnel. The key issue surrounding cable cleats is that their importance has been severely underestimated. Therefore, instead of being treated as a vital element of any cable management installation, they are too frequently lumped in with the electrical sundries.
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