# Checking Safety Cables

#### thelightingmancan

##### Member
Our school has cables for all of our fixtures, but when we were focusing, I pulled one to check if it was secure, and it broke. Does anyone have easy ways to check the soundness of them, so we don't have one fail when it is needed?

#### Footer

##### Senior Team
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Well, you should never have to stress test anything to make sure it is safe, thats the job of the manufacture. What you can do is VISUALLY inspect the items regularly. Odds are if it does not look right, you need to get rid of it. I am going to assume you have home made safety cables, time to buy a whole new stock of safetys and change them out. Do a search for safety cables, there is a good thread going on about them right now.

#### gafftaper

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Yeah I would have to agree that the safe thing to do would be to throw them all away and start over. If one's that bad the rest are very unlikely to be safe either. Unfortunately there really is no way to test them. I suppose you could set up some sort of rig to do it, but there's no way to say with enough certainty to bet someone's life on it that they are safe. They don't cost much, and they are critical to your theater's safety. Figure out how many you need, multiply by $2. Take the dead cable and price to your supervisor, or principle and say this isn't safe and I need$X to make the auditorium safe for everyone.

Black Safety Cables $2.25, silver$ 1.71 at Production Advantage Here.

#### soundlight

##### Well-Known Member
Figure out how many you need, multiply by $2. Take the dead cable and price to your supervisor, or principle and say this isn't safe and I need$X to make the auditorium safe for everyone.

Black Safety Cables $2.25, silver$ 1.71 at Production Advantage Here.
This usually does the trick. Show them that there is a signifigant risk, and you'll get some money. Shouldn't be that much - say $100 (oh wait, that's alot for some schools...). Good luck on this one. #### Footer ##### Senior Team Senior Team Premium Member This usually does the trick. Show them that there is a signifigant risk, and you'll get some money. Shouldn't be that much - say$100 (oh wait, that's alot for some schools...). Good luck on this one.
meh, just tell them you don't need text books for the next year, that'll save them money.