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What is NFPA 170?

What is NFPA 170?

NFPA 170: Standard for Fire Safety and Emergency Symbols was developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to provide a standardized catalog of uniformed symbols for use on emergency signs and labels.

NFPA 170 was developed to combine four other standards that discussed fire safety symbols: NFPA 171, NFPA 172, NFPA 174, and NFPA 178. After multiple revisions, today’s edition of NFPA 170 is complete with updated and uniform symbols and clarifications on the symbols’ meanings.

These standardized symbols can be easily understood by emergency response personnel, your staff, and visitors, regardless of reading comprehension level or language spoken.

The consistency of the symbols also aids in comprehension, which can help to reduce reaction time during an emergency.

NFPA standards have been accredited by the American National Standards Institute, which promotes safety standards used across multiple industries.

NFPA 170 also details symbols used in evacuation plans and symbols for emergency management mapping.

What is the NFPA?

The NFPA is a non-profit organization that promotes safety standards, education, and advocacy on fire and electrical-related hazards. Learn more...

What does the NFPA hazard rating system mean?

The NFPA hazard rating system is part of NFPA 704: Standard System for the Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response. NFPA 704 defines a code of colors, numbers, and symbols for emergency personnel to identify hazardous materials. Learn more about these codes here.

What are the NFPA color codes?

The NFPA color codes for the NFPA 704 standard identify the type of hazard that a material presents. The colors used are blue, red, and yellow, and each stand for a unique type of hazard. Learn more...

What is NFPA 704?

NFPA 704: Standard System for the Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response is a safety standard that defines how hazardous materials are identified for emergency responders. Learn more...

What is ANSI?

ANSI stands for the American National Standards Institute, and it is responsible for promoting standards that are understood clearly across multiple industries. These standards help unify different ways of communicating information. Learn more...

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