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Free NFPA Codes and Standards

The Best Kept Secret with the National Fire Protection Association

The National Fire Protection Association has been creating codes and standards longer then most of us have been alive.  They have created a system that relies on thousands of volunteers to modify or create standards that affect the way we build buildings, install systems, or use materials.

One of the best resources created by the NFPA is allowing us free access into the codes and standards which many communities adopt and utilize.  I have been a member of NFPA for many years and encourage all of you to join, although this resource may be well worth the membership costs!

You may be wondering how you can get access to free NFPA codes and standards.  It is quite easy and this quick tutorial outlines how you can view the documents online using some simple steps on your computer with an internet connection.  There are some built in process which may make the usability of the documents not so convienant, but hey its free.  If you would like the option of keeping notes, then I encourage you to go for the paid subscription service.

Take a look today at this great quick tip!


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  • Nick Markowitz September 1, 2009, 1:08 pm

    As a small electrical / alarm integration contractor and professional fire investigator
    along with side job of chief broadcast engineer for a 5000 watt am radio station my annual cost of buying code books is almost 1000.00 a year so i can at least try to stay current
    that’s a lot for a small 1 man company to absorb .
    But if you want to stay on top of the game you need to be code knowledgeable that’s why I often get jobs others do not. How many company in my area even have a complete set of code books they need to do there jobs, not many and that even includes the bigger outfits.
    which is why most of my work is take over and cleaning up installs and making them code compliant. If the codes where more readily available with out the high cost I think more individuals would be buying them and using them but unless an employer buys them the employees will not buy or learn any thing. Which is why I have such a mess in my state despite fact we passed a uniform construction code almost 7 years ago.
    Then of course even providing them low cost is not enough the codes need to be written where they are understandable by the worker not just the engineer
    we have a neutral and hot wire when we hook up the circuit yet these common terms are not in the NEC70 instead there called grounded and ungrounded conductors
    we use Romex and BX wire but in code you find it under Nonmetallic cable and Armored cable again when an electrician goes into NEC 70 and trys t find those 2 terms he can not and so the confusion begins.
    and we stand around and gripe abut codes maybe more people would use them when they made sense and where affordable. thank you NFPA for now allowing this new way of doing it.

  • Glenn Zurek September 23, 2009, 9:46 pm

    Interested in getting on your mailing list.

  • Ian Andrews December 28, 2010, 9:32 am

    What are the characteristics of a class A fire alarm circuit and where can I find additional information on this type of fire alarm system.

    I am very much interested in understanding these fire alarm systems

    • Michael O'Brian December 29, 2010, 11:35 pm

      Ian, the Standard is NFPA 72 and the wiring section varies on the classes….Class A has a loop back on the circuit and does not use end of line resistors. The system has some redundancy built into it

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