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Safety information for the use of cable ties

There is more to cable ties than meets the eye. The application possibilities are diverse. However, there are a few things you should consider when using and installing cable ties. We therefore encourage you to carefully read the following safety tips before handling cable ties.
Illustration: Beware of sharp edges

Beware of sharp edges

On the cable tie

Do not overtighten cable ties. The material can cut into soft cables or conduits. Improper trimming of the excess strap can also lead to sharp edges, which can damage other cables or surfaces and cause injuries to hands and arms. To be on the safe side, always cut cable ties flush with the head. Discover our cable tie guns with cutting function. Please also see our FAQ page about cutting cable ties.
Illustration: Sharp edges on surfaces

On surfaces

When installing cable ties made of plastic, also make sure that they don’t come into contact with sharp edges, e.g. on furniture, fuse boxes etc. Movement or vibration can damage the cable tie over time. As a result, a secure hold is no longer guaranteed, and the plastic cable tie may break.
Illustration: Removing cable ties

When removing cable ties

You should also exercise caution when cutting cable ties off. Cut the cable tie carefully so you don’t damage the insulation of the cables. Do not use a boxcutter to undo plastic cable ties. It can damage cables and pipes if you happen to slip or cut too deeply.
Illustration: Consider the tensile strength

Consider the tensile strength

When selecting your cable ties, pay attention to the tensile strength information. Never exceed the maximum tensile strength for any installation. When the highest possible tension is exceeded, cable ties can break. This poses a risk if you have cables or conduits mounted to the wall or ceiling, as the bundled items may fall.
Illustration: Consider the chemical resistance

Consider the chemical resistance

Depending on the industry, cable ties need to be resistant to certain substances. Therefore, when purchasing cable ties, pay attention to the resistance to chemicals, lubricants or fuels. You can find a list of various chemical substances in our resistance chart.
Illustration: Avoid temperature changes during storage

Avoid temperature changes during storage

Cable ties made of polyamide PA 6.6 (nylon) absorb water from the air and also release it again. If the temperature at the storage location fluctuates, the water content of the cable ties is affected, and they become brittle. Therefore, when storing your plastic cable ties, make sure that the temperature and humidity are optimal. For detailed information on how to properly store cable ties, please refer to our FAQ page about storage.
Illustration: Consider the temperature resistance

Consider the temperature resistance

The operating temperature will vary depending on the material of the cable ties. Stainless steel cable ties, for example, withstand higher temperatures than those made of nylon. When choosing cable ties, make sure they can withstand the temperatures at the application site. The plastic cable ties in our online shop have a working temperature of –40 °C to +85 °C, the stainless steel cable ties have a working temperature of –80 °C to +300 °C. You can find detailed information on our FAQ page about temperature resistance.
Consider the UV radiation

Consider the UV radiation

Not all cable ties are UV resistant. White or natural-coloured plastic cable ties in particular have only a limited resistance to direct sunlight and will become brittle over time. When using cable ties for outdoor applications, make sure that they are UV resistant. For more information, please refer to our FAQ page about UV resistance.