Cable grounding straps and braids are used to reroute electric currents and prevent electrostatic discharge from damaging equipment and causing injury. Some grounding straps are used as temporary grounding devices on portable cables and are available in braided, solid and mesh forms. Braided grounding straps consist of interlaced wires made from copper, aluminum, stainless steel or other conductive materials. They are small straps with high tensile strength and resistance to fraying, vibration, high temperatures and fatigue. Grounding straps are available in different gauges, which is a measurement of the wire's diameter. The lower the gauge number, the thicker the wire. Thicker wire carries more current than thinner wire.