Allied Encyclopedia – Fire Alarm Cable

Allied EncyclopediaWe count on fire alarms to keep us safe everywhere we go. To create reliable fire alarm systems, we must build them with reliable components, right down to the cables we use to wire them. The three main types of fire alarm cable are identifiable by the areas where they are approved for use by the National Electric Code.

FPL Cable – The FPL designation indicates that this fire alarm cable is non-plenum rated. It is designed as general purpose fire alarm cabling, and may not be installed in risers, ducts, plenums, or other spaces used for environmental air, unless first installed in conduit. Although FPL cables resist the spread of fire, they are not typically as fire resistant as plenum and riser-rated cables.

FPLP Cable – FPLP cable is plenum-rated fire alarm cable. It can be installed in plenums (the spaces above drop-ceilings and below raised floors), ducts, and other spaces dedicated to air circulation because of the extra safety features incorporated into its design. FPLP cable is fire resistant and produces little smoke in the case of a fire.

FPLR Cable – FPLR cable is riser-rated. Risers are the spaces which run vertically from floor to floor in a building. The National Electric Code requires FPLR cable to be fire-resistant to prevent fires from spreading through multiple floors of a building.

If you would like to learn more, visit the Fire Alarm Cable section of our online catalog.

About awcwire
Allied Wire & Cable is a value-added manufacturer and distributor of electrical wire and cable, tubing, and more. We are a family owned and operated company, serving a wide range of industries, including the military, automotive, aerospace, and telecommunications markets. Allied is headquartered in Collegeville, PA. Additional locations can be found across the US, in Merrimack, NH, Tampa, FL, Pewaukee, WI, and Las Vegas, NV. For more information on Allied, visit our main website at

One Response to Allied Encyclopedia – Fire Alarm Cable

  1. tony says:

    Great post. Fire alarms are vital for protecting your home and most importantly, your loved ones.

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