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We supply a full range of Fire Performance cables, often referred to as Fire Survival cables, Fire Resistant cables, and Fire Cables. This includes Firetec-branded ‘Standard’ and ’Enhanced’ cables manufactured in the United Kingdom in accordance with British Standards BS7629-1, BS EN 50200 PH30 / PH60 / PH120, BS7846 and BS6387 CWZ PH120. These are BASEC-approved, hold LPCB-certification, and form part of the London Underground Limited (LUL) approved product list.
 
Our fire resistant cable range is designed to ensure that emergency systems in public buildings continue to operate in some of the most extreme fire conditions.

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Fire Performance cable applications

Our fire performance cables are specifically designed for augmented fire resistance in applications including the delivery of power and auxiliary control in fire alarm systems, emergency lighting systems and voice alarm systems. They are suitable for use within a number of Control Circuit categories. For added protection against the risk of mechanical damage, we supply robust Firetec 'Power' and 'Impact Power' cables, both of which are suitable for indoor and outdoor applications. The 'Impact Power' is designed to withstand direct impact and water jet pressure. For additional flexibility, we supply the FRF2 cable, a cable suitable for bending around complex corners as found in environments such as the London Underground network.

Other fire resistant cables in our fire performance range include Mineral-Insulated (MI) cables, designed to offer the ultimate fire resistance and good protection against electromagnetic interference. These cables are manufactured without any plastic insulation and provide circuit integrity up to 950oC. They are also available with LSZH oversheathing in various colour options. These cables are principally used within hazardous and explosive environments or where corrosive chemicals may affect performance. The LSZH insulated cables hold LPCB-approval. Those without polymer oversheathing have ATEX approval and comply with the EU directives on working within hazardous or explosive environments.
 

Standard & enhanced fire performance cables

Important fire performance cable definitions

Fire resistant cables - PH30 / PH60 / PH120 - fire rated

  Fire proof Applications
PH30  Fire rated
30 minutes
PH30 cables are suitable for emergency applications where the circuit must remain operational for up to 30 minutes
PH60 Fire rated
60 minutes
(1 hour)
PH60 cables are used in emergency applications, in particular emergency lighting to BS5266 where longer circuit operation is required in the event of fire
PH120 Fire rated
120 minutes
(2 hours)
PH120 cables are designed for installations requiring enhanced circuit integrity for up to 120 minutes, This includes complex or high-rise blocks of flats requiring a longer evacuation period.


Fire resistant cables - standard / enhanced

Level Manufacturing British standard Applications
Standard fire resistance  BS7629-1, BS EN 50200 PH30, PH60 and PH120 Fire resistant cables for BS5839-1 (most fire detection and fire alarm systems), BS5266 (emergency lighting and standard application circuits), and BS8519 (life safety and fire-fighting) category 1 control circuits. Where used under standard BS5839-1, standard fire-resisting cables should be considered to provide sufficient resistance to the effects of fire, with appropriate methods of support and jointing.
Enhanced fire resistance BS7629-1, BS EN 50200 PH30, PH60 and PH120 Enhanced fire resistant cables are used in most public or complex buildings requiring emergency systems to remain operational for a minimum of two hours (PH120) in compliance with BS8434-2 and BS8519 category 1 & 2 control circuits. They are used for unsprinkled buildings with phased evacuation, unsprinklered buildings in excess of 30 metres in height, and where the designer, specifier or enforcing authority determines it is necessary on the basis of fire risk.

Fire resistant cables vs flame retardant cables

An important distinction exists between fire resistant cables and flame retardant cables, even though both of them are subjected to various fire performance tests in order to earn their respective classification. In brief, flame retardant cables are designed to resist the spread of fire into a new area. Fire resistant or fire rated cables are designed to maintain circuit integrity and continue to work for a specified period of time under defined conditions. The distinction between the two is crucial when it comes to maintaining critical circuits required for life safety or for a safe and immediate plant shutdown.

 
Fire resistant (fire rated) cables Continues to operate in the presence of fire, hence their reference as Circuit Integrity cables, This includes PH30, PH60 and PH120 cables.
Flame retardant cables Fire performance limited to not propagating fire

Fire performance cable selection

As a leading supplier of fire performance cable, we have vast experience of designing and supplying cables manufactured in accordance with British, European and international standards. Contact our technical team to discuss your specific project or application's requirements.
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