Page 797 - Fegime - Electrical Product Guide Issue 1 V5
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                    TECHNICAL SECTION Cable
  Construction Products Regulation
 Substandard
cable -
the facts
• Substandard cable causes fires in buildings
• 18% of electrical fires are caused by wiring, cables or plugs
• It is illegal to sell or install cable that is not up to standard or not correctly marked
• Up to 20% of cable on sale does not conform to regulations
• At least 4 million metres of substandard cable is unaccounted for in the UK market
 “ALL UNMARKED CABLE TESTED BY THE ACI TO DATE HAS FAILED TEST AGAINST THE RELEVANT STANDARDS”
Substandard, unsafe and counterfeit cable can cost you money and it could cost lives. Prysmian manufactures cable to the latest regulations, including the new Construction Products Regulations, and British Standards for cable.
All cables are made in the UK and approved by BASEC
Once cable is installed it can remain hidden for years,
but the trouble really starts if substandard cable was used in the first place. Undersized conductor is the common method of reducing the manufacturing cost of cable, i.e. not enough copper to operate at the rated current, which results in overheating of the cable. Overheating quickly deteriorates the insulation and sheathing materials:
they crack and fall off exposing the live conductors at a high temperature. This is a recipe for a fire, a fire that could start out of sight in a void in living accommodation for instance. Purchase cable you trust from a supplier
you trust.
  All cables in this catalogue “ where applicable” conform to the new CPR regulations
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