14. Low Fire-Hazard cables are not specified by any current Installation Standard or Regulation. Why

should I install them?

Low Fire-Hazard cables are already proposed as an option in most of the existing Installation Standards. The

responsibility to adopt and install Low Fire-Hazard cables lies in the hand of the Electrical Designer/ Engineer

based on the construction type and the risk of fire. The problem of indoor fires is often underestimated.

The most commonly identified cause of death from a fire incident is being overcome by gas or smoke . In the

Fifties the average time from ignition of a fire to flashover was 15 minutes. Now fatal conditions can occur after 3

minutes. This change has come about because of the increase of plastics in our homes . The extended use of

plastics in the last 50 years has had a dramatic effect on evacuation time.