The NFPA is an U.S. agency, which is developed to create and maintain minimum standards and requirements for fire prevention, fire suppression, training, and similar life-safety codes. All types of subjects are covered from building codes, emergency response methods, and investigations, to personal protective equipment (PPE) for both electrical tradesmen and firefighters. Publications are numbered for identification and include the following.

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 Code
NFPA 79—Restriction of Access to Hazardous Energy
NFPA 101—Life Safety Code
NFPA 704—Standard System for the Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response
NFPA 853—Standard for the Installation of Stationary Fuel Cell Power Systems
NFPA 921—Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigation

At the onset NFPA was originally formed in 1896 by a group of insurance representatives who thought it best to establish standards for the emerging market of fire sprinkler systems. Within a year, the NFPA’s focus broadened to the development of regulations for fire protection in another fast-growing technology—building electrical systems. From there it developed codes for all aspects of building design and construction

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