IFPO endorses AEI Cables’ safety messaging on Category 3 Control fire performance cables
25 April 2021
THE INSTITUTE of Fire Prevention Officers (IFPO), itself a major fire safety-focused industry body, has endorsed the message emanating from product specialist AEI Cables about the importance of using only approved cabling in signal and control equipment following the announcement of a revised version of the Code of Practice.
AEI Cables has been highlighting the importance of the systems powered by these cables – including smoke and heat extraction systems – in assisting Fire and Rescue Services in the case of firefighting and a safe evacuation in the case of life safety. Now, the IFPO is actively supporting the initiative.
Martin Dunne of the IFPO commented: “In terms of fire safety compliance, we support the message to the fire safety community to follow the detail of the new Code of Practice under BS 8519. Anything which constructively helps to improve fire safety in buildings is welcomed.”
As the only supplier in the UK with independent approval from the LPCB for BS 8519 Category 3 Control fire performance cables with a fire survival time of up to 120 minutes, AEI Cables is purposefully warning of the dangers of using any other type of cable.
Stuart Dover of AEI Cables explained: “AEI Cables would encourage installers to check with their suppliers that they’re using only approved and compliant cable for these installations. We must emphasise that any inferior types of cable being used for these applications is dangerous and presents a risk. The British Standard clearly references and clarifies the products and levels of performance relevant for all parts of the supply chain, from specifiers to contractors and on again to installers.”
Dover added: “We’re receiving a very positive response towards our campaign to make the industry aware of the implications of the new Code of Practice.”
The applications of Category 3 Control fire performance cables also applies to evacuation alarms for the disabled in care homes, emergency voice communications systems and voice alarm systems in relevant buildings including tall buildings, office spaces, hospitals, care homes, Shopping Centres and sports stadiums.
AEI Cables’ Firetec Enhanced cabling has been approved and certified by the LPCB to BS8519 (Annex B), Category 3 Control in addition to Category 2 Control. The British Standard Code of Practice under BS 8519 contains six categories of cables (three for power cables and three for control cables), each covering survival times of 30, 60 or 120 minutes.
All AEI Cables’ products are supplied with approvals from independent bodies including BASEC and the LPCB. The company also holds approvals from organisations including Lloyd’s, the Ministry of Defence, Network Rail and London Underground Limited.