If you were to pull your desk or your TV cabinet out from the wall, you’d probably find a tangle of cords, cables, wires and plugs.
That tangle isn’t so good for your electronics.
Besides creating a tripping hazard, a mess of electrical cords could lead to a fire if they’re all plugged into the same overloaded power strip.
Here’s how to untangle — for safety’s sake:
- Unplug everything — your computer, scanner, phone charger, TV, speakers and printer.As you do that, you’ll likely find cords that aren’t attached to anything — maybe they once were. Weed out those unneeded cords.
- Remove all extension cords. They are not designed for permanent use. And they’re unnecessary if your plug or power strip is close to your devices.
- Dust the remaining cords, vacuum the floor and wipe down the wall around the outlet.
- If you have more than one power strip plugged into a single outlet, move the extras to other outlets. You can overload a circuit and tax your electrical supply. If you don’t have enough outlets, call a licensed electrician to add a few more.
- Invest in a few inexpensive, Velcro cable ties. Bunch your remaining few cords together like a bouquet of flowers and wrap the tie around them. This will keep them neatly together.
- Drill a hole into the back of your computer table or TV cabinet big enough for all the cords to pass through. That will keep the cords together and off the floor.