Blog - Category: Fire Rated Trunking Clips
Posted on: 03 Sep 2019. Category: Fire Rated Trunking Clips
Fire rated trunking clips
In a fire, falling cables present a major risk in public buildings or offices. For example, plastic trunking which holds and hides wiring, gets hot and melts, and with the combined weight of the cables, the whole lot is brought down. The same will happen with cabling held up with plastic clips or conduit.
As a result, exit routes are blocked for those escaping. And for firefighters trying to save lives and tackle the flames, equipment carried on their backs can become entangled, putting their lives seriously at risk
New requirements for wiring systems expands on the regulations which previously only applied to escape routes. Under the 18th Edition, all cable support systems must be constructed from appropriate materials that will protect against premature collapse, typically caused by exposed heat during a fire. In the event of a blaze, the installation of heat resistant support structures should prevent falling cables which could otherwise create hazards for anyone travelling through a building. This prohibits the use of non-metallic cable management as the sole means of cable support and requires fire rated elements to be incorporated. Not limited to trunking systems, this covers all cable and cable management in a building which means that even cable fixed on to the surface of a wall should be resistant to premature collapse.
These new regulations also apply to Consumer Units and prescribe that within Domestic (household) premises, consumer units and associated switchgear assemblies (enclosures), are manufactured from non combustible material or enclosed in a non combustible cabinet/enclosure
Domestic (household) premises include houses, bungalows, flats, apartments, student lets, sheltered accommodation, static homes, home offices, and attached garages etc. Other types of property that are classed as commercial, and you may wish to consider using all metal consumer units for are: - Nursing Homes, guest Houses, bed and breakfast houses and hostels, etc. We stock Hage, Wylex, BG and chint fuse boards.