Protect Your Commercial Building with Red Alert® Type MC-FPLP

Oct 11, 2018

For your shielded fire alarm and control needs, Red Alert® Type MC-FPLP Fire Alarm Cable has what you're looking for. Its lightweight aluminum armor makes it as much as 45% lighter than steel MC cable and reduces installation costs up to 50% over pipe and wire. It is encased in a red interlocked armor for easy identification and systems separation for use in ducts, plenums, or other environmental air handling spaces.

To further improve upon this product, it is also constructed with soft-drawn copper conductors and insulated with flame-retardant and heat-resistant PVC with an outer oil and gasoline-resistant nylon jacket. The circuit conductors and a green insulated grounding conductor are cabled together and a polypropylene tape is wrapped around the assembly. The cable is dual rated as 90°C dry, 600 Volt Type MC and 105°C dry, 300 Volt Type FPLP cable.

“Contractors want products that help streamline their installations without sacrificing quality,” stated Adam Almon, the Director of MC Flex & Liquidtight products. “Our mission is to help make the lives of contractors easier, safer, and more efficient and the Red Alert® Type MC-FPLP hits all of those points.”

Red Alert® Type MC-FPLP Cable is Suitable for These Applications:

  • Wiring in Plenums, Ducts or Other Spaces Used for Environmental Air-Handling Purposes per NEC 300.22(C) & 760.135(C)
  • Power-Limited and Non-Power Limited fire alarm circuits, including smoke detectors, bells, horns, fire alarm control panel equipment, and initiation and signaling devices
  • Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 remote control, signaling, and power-limited circuits
  • Power, lighting, control, and signal circuits
  • Fished or embedded in plaster
  • Concealed or exposed installations
  • Places of Assembly per NEC 518.4 and Theaters per NEC 520.5
  • Installation in cable tray and approved raceways
  • Under raised floors for information technology equipment conductors and cables per NEC 645.5(D) & 645.5(D)(2)

Red Alert® Type MC-FPLP Cable Meets or Exceeds The Following Requirements:

  • UL 83
  • UL 1063
  • UL 1569
  • UL 1424
  • UL Online Product Guide Info - Metal-Clad (PJAZ) (
  • NFPA 262-2002 Standard Method of Test for Flame and Smoke of Wire and Cables for Use in Air-Handling Spaces
  • Federal Specification A-A59544 (formerly J-C-30B)
  • IEEE 1202 (70,000 Btu/hr) Vertical Cable Tray Flame Test
  • NFPA 70 (National Electric Code)
  • Approved for use in UL 1, 2, and 3 Hour Through-Penetration Firestop Systems
  • Reach/RoHS-2 (Chemical Limit) Compliant

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