Customers expect a clean, professional work space with all the conveniences of paging systems, security cameras, climate control, screens and more. To achieve this, installers need to run commercial cabling from devices in the office to equipment closets and data centers, while also keeping cable pathways out of sight. This often requires installers to work in plenum space where fire retardant hook and loop cable ties are the best solution.
Fire Retardant Hook and Loop Cable Ties are Plenum-rated & Comply with the National Electric Code
Due to the high volume of oxygen in plenum space, fires can easily spark and spread throughout a building. Plenum-rated cables and fasteners are less toxic and help to prevent fires, and installers are often required to use them, depending on local standards.
If you are spending the time and effort to ensure your cables are compliant, you will need to verify that you have fire retardant hook and loop ties too. VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® FR Tape is UL rated and suitable for use in air handling spaces in accordance with Section 300.22 (C) and (D) of the National Electrical Code.
Using fire retardant equipment not only reduces the risk of a fire but also the liability, according to experts.
Fire Retardant Hook and Loop Cable Ties Reduce Stress & Damage to Cables
VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® FR Tape can be unwrapped and reused many times during its lifespan. Compared to traditional single-use plastic alternatives, these easy-to-use fasteners eliminate the risk of puncturing cables during adds, moves or changes while also reducing waste.
Many states that are home to large data centers strongly enforce ANSI/TIA-568.0-D which calls for cable management that reduces stress and damage on cables. Complying to these standards can reduce the likelihood that an inspector will want you to re-do an installation.
Eliminate Confusion Among Cable Tie Types
Sometimes, while on the jobsite, it can be a challenge to stay organized. You’ll want to make sure that the cable ties you’re reaching for are plenum-rated, but that can be tough if you’ve got rolls of plenum and non-plenum. As a common practice, some cable installers only bring rolls of VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® FR cable ties to the jobsite. That way, you can have peace of mind knowing that every cable tie is in compliance to strict installation standards.
When specifying your next job, consider VELCRO® Brand Professional Series ONE-WRAP® FR Tape for your plenum spaces and see why this is an evolution in cable management.