Nearly all electrical cable is wrapped in PVC or other halogenated plastics; many also contain lead and other heavy metals, as well as phthalate plasticizers, probable endocrine disruptors. LifeGuard low-smoke, near-zero-halogen electrical cables—many of which are lead-free and RoHS compliant—are used primarily in high-reliability utility and industry applications but are also installed in some commercial applications. Its high cost has limited its use in the residential market.
Houston Wire & Cable Company; Houston, TX. www.houwire.com, 713-609-2100, 800-759-2677.