Halogen free cables for building services
Halogen free cables are being advised to be used in public areas and buildings, along with materials which are non-hazardous to the public in case of a fire. Contractors are starting to use these materials in order to help prevent life threatening situations and effects. It can be said that the fumes that are caused from materials during a fire can be more harmful than the fire itself. This calls for the increased use of Halogen free cables.
For a cable to offer security during a fire; it must pass various tests regarding halogen content, low smoke density and flame propagation. Halogen Free and LSF (Low Smoke and Fume) are completely different types of cable. LSF cables are a modified form of PVC and can still give off a large amount of harmful fumes, such as hydrogen chloride, as well as still produce a large amount of black smoke. Halogen free cables emit no more than 0.5% hydrogen chloride and are totally different to LSF cables.
Lapp’s range of low smoke halogen free products are stringently tested to IEC and VDE standards to ensure peace of mind when installing these cables where human life or valuable property are exposed to high risk of fire.