Even the smallest of fires from a short circuit or external source can easily cause an enormous loss of production. Industry standards dictate that a damaged cable that takes more than 6 hours to replace is classified as critical and should be fire technically upgraded.
Electrical cables are a natural pathway for a fire to spread rapidly. With Fire Security cable coatings applied the possibility of a fire spreading through the cable routing is eliminated.
Global insurance companies recognize Fire Security Class and Type Approved cable coatings and even recommend the use of them to protect critical cable routings. This often results in a significant lowering in annual premiums.
Compared to costly installation and expensive maintenance programs of Active Fire Protection Systems, cable coating is a better and more cost-efficient alternative.
Active systems are not all designed to extinguish a fire but merely contain it at its early stage. Active systems are reliant on the correct mechanical configuration or manual triggering. Fire Security coated cables always work to ensure that cables remain in service during the first critical stage of a fire incident. This ensures circuit integrity continuity of emergency services and operational electrical components. Most importantly the cables do not need to be replaced after a fire incident.
Compared to both flame-retardant and fire-resistant cables, FS cable coating is a safer and more cost-efficient alternative. Typically, these cables are tested to 830° C for limited periods which in a normal fire scenario is insufficient and certainly so in a Hydrocarbon fire scenario. These cables will need to be replaced or at least repaired after a fire resulting in costly downtime and loss of production. Fire Security coated cables have superior properties and will not need to be replaced if the fire is extinguished within a reasonable time.
Toxicity from burning flame-retardant and fire-resistant cables outer sheaths can mix with humidity in the air or water from active systems and create Hydrochloric Acid which can severely damage sensitive electrical components and systems as well as weakening steel and degrading the concrete. All resulting in loss of life and dramatic damages to critical components.
Fire Security coated cables have excellent Mechanical Resistance and are strong enough to sustain physical abuse such as impact from falling objects and will remain effective protection for many years. Some of Fire Security’s oldest clients have cables that are still in service twenty-five years after our initial application.