fire survival/ resistance cable

Fire Survival/ Resistance Cable

Product Details


In all fire disasters, fire smoke, heat and toxic fumes are the main obstacles to safe evacuation of a building or area. A major contribution towards overcoming these hazards is the use of fire resistant and non-halogenated cables.


Construction Of Fire Resistant Cables

Highcab Cables Fire Resistant cable have been developed to maintain circuit integrity in a fire and to ensure maximum safe evacuation of personnel with no detrimental effects like toxic gases or smoke.

Fire Resistant cable may be single-core or multi-core constructions. The cable may be unarmored, armoured, braided, with or without metallic screened depending on our  customer’s specific application

Fire Resistant

IEC 60331; BS 6387: BS 8491: BS 8434/2

Flame Retardant

IEC 60332- 1 & 3

Smoke Emission

ASTM – D – 2843

Oxygen Index

ASTM – D – 2863

Acid Gas Emission

IEC 60754

International Standards

Testing Categories

The Fire Resistant cable may categorized by a letter symbol (e.g. A) or series of symbols (e.g. CWZ) in according to the requirements for fire resistance characteristics which they meet, the test temperature selected and the duration of the test for resistance to fire alone in according to BS 6387 as below

Resistance To Fire Alone

650 o C for 3 hours


750 o C for 3 hours


950 o C for 3 hours


950 o C for 20 minutes (short duration)


Resistance to fire with water


Resistance To Fire With Mechanical Shock

650 o C


750 o C


950 o C


There is a vast difference between cables that are rated flame retardant and those that have earned the rating fire resistive.

Flame retardant cables resist the spread of fire into a new area, while fire resistance cables maintain circuit integrity and continue to work for a specified time under defined conditions. Fire resistant cables continue to operate in the presence of a fire and are commonly referred to as circuit integrity cables. The differences between the two ratings are significant for the critical circuits required for life safety or a safe and immediate plant shut down. Additionally, Flame retardant cables are not rated to continue to operate in a fire, and in all probability will not maintain circuit integrity during a fire.

Flame Retardant Vs Fire Resistive Difference

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