Electricians are being warned that new regulations, which came into force at the beginning of the year, stipulate that escape routes must be protected from the risk of falling/fallen cables in the event of a fire.
IET Wiring Regulations BS7671:2008 17th Edition amendment 3 detail the dangers of falling or fallen cables which block escape routes and hinders people trying to escape a property or fire fighters trying to enter.
Various electrical manufacturers of wiring products have been introducing suitable solutions in the last few months. SWA (www.swaonline.co.uk) have come up with a simple but effecting fire safety clip that has a melting point of 1000 degs . Tested and approved to BS 5839-1 requirement, these clips are one the fastest and safest way to fix fire resistant cables inside plastic cable trunking.
Each zinc plated clip can hold 2 x 1.5mm 2-core fire resistant cables (eg. Prysmian FP200) and can fit within 25x16mm trunking (or larger!!).