Flame Retardant Cable Vs Fire Resistant Cable
December 21, 2022
Fire Survival / Resistant Cables

Out of all the risks that residential and commercial properties face, fire is amongst the top on the list. While it could be because of overheating of some equipment, there is a high possibility that it occurs due to an electrical issue. Many times, this is the result of old and worn-out wiring throughout the property. In such cases, the entire unit must be rewired and owners are generally presented with two options:

  • Flame Retardant Cables

  • Fire Resistant Cables

Making the right choice can often be confusing if one does not know the features and difference between a fire-resistant vs flame retardant cable. Not to worry, we have got you covered. Scroll down to know more.

What is a Fire-Resistant Cable?

Fire resistance refers to the ability of a cable to prevent itself from burning if and when exposed to extreme temperatures.

  • These cables should continue to operate normally up to a temperature of 300 degrees C; however, once exceeded, it can only function for a limited amount of time.

  • It is also known as a circuit integrity cable and allows energy to be transferred through it even in case of high temperatures.

  • The sheath covering fire resistant cables are non-flammable and operate under IEC 60331 and BS 6387 standards.

  • They are used in safety circuits, life support circuits, and other circuits which must function in case of an emergency.

Now that you have learn what a fire-resistant cable is, let us move onto Flame Retardant Cables.

What are Flame Retardant Cables?

Fire retardance refers to the ability of a cable to burn slowly, thereby preventing a fire from spreading throughout a property.

  • These flame-retardant cables are designed to reduce combustion by lowering the heat emitted during a fire.

  • They do not allow power to be transferred through it during a fire.

  • Encased in a Grey or Black outer sheath, they operate under IEC 60332, BS EN 60332, EN 50265, and BS 4066 standards.

  • Flame retardant cables have the ability to self-extinguish themselves when the origin of the fire is removed.

You have now understood the difference between a fire-resistant vs flame retardant cable, so which one should you choose to minimize the risk within your property?

Well, it really depends on multiple factors such as the probability of there being a fire and budget, among others. However, no matter which one you choose, it is imperative to go with a reliable brand. But which?

KEI Industries – India’s Leading Cable Manufacturer

A 6-decade old company and once Krishna Electrical Industries, KEI has established itself as a leading cable manufacturer in India. Headquartered in the national capital, we now supply high quality wires across 45 countries. We have public and private sector clients and our cables ‘light up’ millions of houses, offices, and factories throughout the globe. If you would like to know more about our flame-retardant cables or fire-resistant cables, send us an email on info@kei-ind.com. To see our entire product range, please visit www.kei-ind.com.