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New guidance provides clarity on fire retardant batteries under the Low Voltage Directive

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Fire retardant battery requirements explored in new guidance

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) has recently released a guidance document detailing the requirements for fire retardant batteries under the Low Voltage Directive (LVD).

Why the focus on V-2 or better flammability rating?

FIA members have urged that all combustible plastic material within a fire enclosure maintain a V-2 or better flammability rating.

This document sheds light on the reasoning behind such a recommendation.

The Low Voltage Directive and its significance

The LVD (2014/35/EU) is a key legislation which emphasizes the importance of fire retardant batteries.

It establishes core safety criteria for electrical equipment within a specific voltage range.

The main objective is to guarantee that only products adhering to primary safety standards are introduced to the market.

Implications and recommendations for installers and maintainers

Technicians involved in installation and maintenance are advised to comply with these flammability standards and ensure their suppliers meet the necessary ratings.

Increasingly, the preference is leaning towards the use of batteries like UL 94 V2 or higher, even if not directly mandated.

Shift towards stricter standards in the industry

The transition to rigorous standards, notably EN IEC 62368-1, underscores the sector’s dedication to heightened safety.

This guidance empowers fire professionals and businesses with the knowledge to effectively comprehend and navigate the demands for fire retardant batteries as stipulated by the Low Voltage Directive.

IFSJ Comment

The introduction of this guidance by the Fire Industry Association underscores a proactive move towards ensuring enhanced safety within the realm of fire prevention and electrical equipment.

With the LVD being a fundamental legislation in this domain, clarity around the specifications for fire retardant batteries is paramount.

As we witness a shift towards stricter standards in the industry, it becomes imperative for professionals, businesses, and suppliers to remain updated and in alignment with these guidelines.

By understanding and adhering to these stipulations, we can collectively contribute to a safer and more secure environment.

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