UL issues fire hazard warning on communications cable

Northbrook, Il

The UL has issued a notification that a particular communications cable branded as "Claritronix" has been identified as potentially posing a fire hazard. The packaging for the communications cable in question carries the UL Mark for both the United States and Canada without having the authority to do so, according to the Underwriters Laboratories warning statement.

The UL states that the product name is identified as Claritronix Cabling Solutions and it is a CMR Cable type.  The hazard described states that this communications cable does not meet the flammability requirements of the safety standard which may cause an increased risk of fire.

As a result the UL recommends that the remedy is that this cable should not be used and if already installed it should be removed from service.

Identification on the Cable: The surface of the cable jacket displays the following description: CLARITRONIXtm VERIFIED (ETL) UTP CAT. 5E 350 MHZ TO TIA/EIA 568-B.2 E309496 (UL) OR C(UL) CMR ROHS 24AWG 4P ZONE/DEVICE A B C D E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 JACK 1 2 3 4 5 6 0982FT.

For information the box carries the following information: "CLARITRONIX CABLING SOLUTIONS, High Performance LAN Cable, Cat5e 4Pair/24AWG Tested to 350MHZ.

The UL has noted that the product has been distributed by a company called Summitsource under the part no: CAT5E-1000-YL-NST, but suggests that it may also be available through other sources of supply. 

A general internet check shows that the product is no longer marketed via the above mentioned distributor and no further suppliers were identified in the search.  A general internet search also suggests that a company called Claritronix has imported cable into the US from China in the past, but that the company may no longer be active.


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