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Bureau of Indian Standards to Propose Indian Standard for Fire Survival Cables

The move is important in the backdrop of heightened awareness about fire-safety in the light of several deaths in recent accidents.

June 1, 2019

Currently, there are no standards for fire survival cables in India.

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is expected to propose an Indian standard for fire-survival cables. Most short-circuits and electrical fires are caused because of melting of cables and presently there are no standards to be followed for fire-survival cables in India.

“Presently the domestic industry is benchmarking itself to the British Standard BS 7846 for fire-survival cables. These cables are supposed to withstand temperatures up to 950OC for at least three hours. This is to ensure that elevators and fire pumps are operational to ensure a safe passage for inhabitants,” said Sanjeev Ranjan, Managing Director at the International Copper Association.

“The BIS is in the process of standardizing parameters for fire-survival cables and it is likely to complete this in the next six months. Since copper has a melting point of 1085OC, it will be mandatory for these cables to have copper,” he said.

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