Thinking of installing a fire alarm in your home or office? Here are some pointers to help you understand and decide which type of cable will be best for you. Once you know where you will install the cable, you will know which type of cable to look for. Fire alarm cables are placed into three broad types: Plenum, Non-Plenum and Riser.
Plenum cable is used in ducts or other enclosed air spaces. These cables are fire resistant and produce minimal smoke. For cable to be fit for installation in these areas (without the need for a conduit), they must meet strict requirements for flammability and low smoke generation.
Multi-conductor, Plenum are commonly used for wiring fire alarms, smoke detectors, voice communications, burglar alarms and fire protective circuits. This type of cable is available in both shielded and unshielded versions.
Mid-capacitance, plenum-rated FPLP fire alarm cable comes with a red jacket for easy critical circuit identification and also comes with a ripcord. This cable is designed for use in fire alarm systems, voice communications, smoke detectors and pull boxes. Shielding is optional, depending on individual system requirements and specific environmental conditions.
Non-Plenum cable is used in applications such as surface wiring. This cable does not meet the standards set for plenum-rated cable. It is not suited for installation in plenum, ducts or other spaces used for return air. However, it is perfectly appropriate for a variety of other general purpose fire alarm applications, including surface wiring for smoke alarms.
Common applications for Multi-conductor, Non-Plenum include fire alarm wiring, smoke alarms, burglar alarms, fire protective circuits and voice communications. Shielding is optional, depending on system requirements and environmental conditions.
Mid-capacitance, non-plenum FPL cable is used in addressable fire alarm systems, fire alarm systems, voice communications, smoke detectors and pull boxes. Shielded and unshielded versions are available.
Multi-paired, non-plenum FPL cable is designed for use in the wiring of fire alarms, smoke alarms, voice communications, burglar alarms and fire protective circuits.
Riser cable is used in applications that go vertically from floor to floor. These cables are rated for use in riser applications. This means that they can be used in cable pathways that run vertically from floor to floor. These cables are listed by the National Electric Code as having fire-resistant characteristics which help prevent fire from spreading to multiple floors of a building.
Common applications for Multi-conductor, Riser include fire alarm wiring, smoke alarms, voice communications, burglar alarms and fire protective circuits. A polyester and aluminum foil shield with a stranded tinned copper drain wire is also an option for applications that require shielding.
Using correct fire alarm cable to ensure that buildings have an effective and appropriate cabled fire alarm system is essential. At Olympic Wire & Cable, we know that the selection and use of the right fire alarm cables is crucial when it comes to ensuring that fire alarm systems work effectively and correctly. This is why we stock a wide range of the most commonly required fire alarm cables.
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