What Technicians Need to Know about Security Alarm Cable


When it comes to security alarm cables, safety should be the first concern. Technicians dealing with these cables need to know what they work with, what their classifications are, and what their applications should be. This helps ensure that they’re aware of the steps they need to undertake if, or when, a fire breaks out.


Another thing technicians have to be knowledgeable about is the wiring. If you’re doing it in a hazardous or volatile location, one that’s likely going to aggravate the risks, or if you aren’t using tried and tested methodologies–safe ones–then you could end up causing a huge explosion. So make sure the wiring is safe.


Installing the right kind of cable can make a huge difference, especially in the long term. That’s a skill technicians should have. A technician should have the ability and expertise to identify the difference between a riser-rated cable from other types on the market. This type of cable is ideal for use vertically since it doesn’t conduct flame as easily as other cable types.

There are also plenum cables that are best used in environmental air spaces, given the open air instead of the cramped and contained individual ductwork.

For security alarm cables, the designation CL is often used. Cables like this can be used in a horizontal manner.

Fire and Smoke-resistant

When using a cable in air space, technicians should know enough to use cables that are fire resistant as well as smoke resistant. This way, if it starts to burn, it won’t generate toxic fumes and smoke the way conventional cables do. In an environment that might be prone to explosions and fires, having these cables in place is an effective safety measure, one that your future self and wallet might just thank you for.

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