Cable containment – why do I need it?

Safety, | 01.06.2016
Cable containment – why do I need it?

Cable containment is something many customers attempt to remove or minimise when undertaking a fit-out project, as they cannot see any benefits from it. Isn’t it just a ‘nice to have’ bonus, rather than being essential?

The containment of cables is actually an important safety feature in modern working environments and something you should always consider. Keep reading to find out more.

Cable containment is crucial to safety and future building modifications

BS 7671 regulations state that all wiring systems in escape routes shall be supported such that they will not be liable to premature collapse in the event of a fire.

The regulations expand the definition of escape routes to include ‘open areas through which escaping persons may need to pass on their way to a place of safety’, so this goes further than just corridors and stairways.

One of the main reasons behind the regulations is that in recent years there have been a number of cases where firemen have lost their lives due to plastic containment or the suspended ceiling collapsing in fire conditions. This collapse has resulted in cables hanging down, which have entangled the firemen.

Another key reason for installing cable containment is that it provides a strong and long term solution upon which your cabling methodology can be based.  In larger buildings, and for landlords, a proper cabling containment strategy is particularly important to ensure future modifications and fit-outs are made as simple as possible.

Although it may seem like an unnecessary expense, installing metal cable containment is increasingly being used as the safest and most appropriate method of wiring in electrical installations.

We can help with your cable containment and a wide range of other mechanical and electrical installation services. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.