Low fire-hazard cables improve safety
The most commonly identified cause of death from a fire incident is being overcome by gas or smokeDepartment for Communities and Local Government (formerly ODPM)
Fire Statistics, United Kingdom, 2005
which accounts for 44% of all deaths. In 1950 the average time from ignition of a fire to flashover was 15 minutes. Now fatal conditions can occur after 3 minutes.SRSA - B. Albinson
Alternative way to achieve fire safety, 2002
Given these facts, the only possible conclusions are:
  • that the reduction of smoke and effluent gases is relevant to saving human lives and facilitating the work of rescue teams;
  • that the increased use of plastics in the last 50 years has had a dramatic effect on escape times.
The European Cable Industry has developed a family of Low Fire
Hazard Cables that couple low flame spread and heat release with
very low emission of smoke and dangerous gases. These cables help
to provide more time to escape and a less hazardous environment for rescue teams.
Saving lives
Low fire hazard cables improve safety
The European Cable Industry has developed a family of low fire-hazard cables that couple low flame spread and heat release with very low emission of smoke and dangerous gases. These cables help to provide more time to escape and a less hazardous environment for rescue teams.

CEMAC II: CE MArking of Cables
Research Institutes and Industry co-operate to give a strong scientific support to the harmonized European classification of cables regarding reaction to fire.

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Press release
Development of Low Fire-Hazard cables highlighted at Jicable conference
Development of Low Fire-Hazard cables highlighted at Jicable conference
2012-02-23 - Jicable, held every 4 years since 1984, is the major international forum for insulated power cables