National Fire Protection Association

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is an international nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.[2][3] In 2018, the NFPA claims to have 50,000 members and 9,000 volunteers working with the organization through its 250 technical committees.[1][4]

National Fire Protection Association
Founded1896 (1896)[1]
HeadquartersQuincy, Massachusetts, US
Area served
MethodIndustry standards, publications, conferences
President and CEO
Jim Pauley[2]

The association's official mascot Sparky the Fire Dog promotes fire safety education for children.[5]

Codes and standards

The association's codes and standards include:[6]

  • NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
  • 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 710, Standard for Fire Safety and Emergency Symbols
  • 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


Sparky the Fire Dog is the official mascot of the National Fire Protection Association. Created in 1951 to promote fire safety education for children,[7][5] 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.[5]


  1. "NFPA overview". National Fire Protection Association. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  2. "NFPA Leadership". National Fire Protection Association. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  3. "National Fire Protection Association - NFPA". U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  4. "About NFPA". National Fire Protection Association. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  5. "History of Fire Safety Mascots in America". Fire & Life Safety America. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  6. "List of NFPA Codes and Standards". National Fire Protection Association. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  7. "Sparky". Retrieved July 12, 2018.
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