Afumex is a range of low smoke, zero halogen, flame retardant cables.
What is Low Smoke Cable?
A genuine ‘low smoke cable’ is manufactured from a range of materials which, in a fire, produce very low levels of smoke, gas and reduce the spread of flame. These cables, commonly called ‘LSOH’ or ‘OHLS’ have distinctive thermoplastic or thermoset compounds rather than the traditional PVC for their insulation, bedding, fillers and sheathing.
In the event of a fire, traditional materials containing halogens can release hydrogen chloride gas (HCl) which in the presence of water produces hydrochloric acid. HCl on the skin can cause severe burns and inhalation of HCl fumes can cause death.
Reduced Levels of Smoke
In event of a fire, Afumex low smoke’ cable emits vastly reduced levels of smoke, as well as levels of halogen gases that are non-toxic, less than 0.5% HCl. Professionals recommend using low smoke cable in public buildings or areas that are highly populated and enclosed. This type of cable has also become common throughout the construction, aircraft and rail industries, reducing the risk if a fire does occur.
Low Smoke Standard
Afumex low smoke cable meets or exceeds the cable construction standard, the low smoke standard, the zero halogen standard, the flame retardant standard and has third party approval.