National Fire Protection Association

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National Fire Protection Association
NFPA logo.svg
AbbreviationNFPA
Formation1896; 123 years ago (1896)
TypeStandards organization
HeadquartersQuincy, Massachusetts, US
Coordinates42°13′49″N 71°01′33″W / 42.230178°N 71.025925°W / 42.230178; -71.025925
Region served
  • Canada
  • United States
Membership
50,000 (2018)
Volunteers
c. 9,000 (2018)
Websitenfpa.org

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a United States trade association, albeit with some international members, that creates and maintains private, copyrighted standards and codes for usage and adoption by local governments.[1] The association was formed in 1896 by a group of insurance firms.[citation needed] Its purpose was to standardize the then-new fire sprinkler systems.[citation needed] In 2018, the NFPA claims to have 50,000 members and c. 9,000 volunteers working with the organization through its 250 technical committees.[2][3]

The association's official mascot Sparky the Fire Dog promotes fire safety education for children.[4]

Codes and standards[edit]

The association's codes and standards include:[5]

  • NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code
  • NFPA 70, National Electrical Code
  • NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance
  • NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
  • NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code
  • NFPA 77, Recommended Practice on Static Electricity
  • NFPA 101, Life Safety Code
  • NFPA 704, Standard System for the Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response
  • NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations
  • NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications
  • NFPA 1123, Code for Fireworks Display
  • NFPA 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Programs
  • NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents
  • NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus

Mascot[edit]

Sparky the Fire Dog

Sparky the Fire Dog is the official mascot of the National Fire Protection Association. Created in 1951 to promote fire safety education for children,[6][4] he is a Dalmatian dressed in firefighting gear.

A children's book written about Sparky by Don Hoffman was published in 2011. He serves as the spokesdog for Fire Prevention Week each October in the United States and Canada.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Fire Protection Association - NFPA "Trevor Perkes, Online Safety Depot".
  2. ^ "About NFPA". NFPA. NFPA. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  3. ^ "NFPA Overview". NFPA. 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018. The more than 250 technical committees, comprised of approximately 9,000 volunteers, review public inputs and vote on the revisions in a process that is accredited by the American National Standards Institute.
  4. ^ a b c "History of Fire Safety Mascots in America". Fire & Life Safety America. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  5. ^ http://www.nfpa.org/Codes-and-Standards/All-Codes-and-Standards/List-of-Codes-and-Standards
  6. ^ "Sparky". Retrieved 2018-07-12.

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