NFPA 170: Standard for Fire Safety and Emergency Symbols

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With an all-new symbol for smoke and other changes, the 2015 NFPA 170 works to standardize fire safety symbols for better communication.

Revised for clarity and to help standardize the use of symbols, the 2015 edition of NFPA 170: Standard for Fire Safety and Emergency Symbols presents uniform symbols used for fire safety, emergency, and associated hazards.

NFPA 170 provides designers, engineers, architects, and emergency planners with key information -- including the new symbol for smoke.

The Standard includes symbology for emergency management mapping, and emergency evacuation diagrams and plans. In a major change for the 2015 edition, the symbol for smoke has been revised from a wisp of smoke to an 'S.'

Use the 2015 NFPA 170 to improve communication between building occupants, designers, installers, and first responders.

This edition is essential for the fire service, as well as for architectural and engineering drawings, insurance diagrams, fire fighting operations, and pre-incident planning sketches. Annexes provide explanatory material and symbols for life safety planning. (Softbound, 42 pp., 2015)

NFPA® 170 Standard for Fire Safety and Emergency Symbols 2015 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Retroactivity
1.4 Equivalency
1.5 Units
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Symbols for General Use
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Symbols for General Use
4.3 Class of Fire Symbols
Chapter 5 Symbols for Use by the Fire Service
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Symbols for Use by the Fire Service
Chapter 6 Symbols for Use in Architectural and Engineering Drawings and Insurance Diagrams
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Symbols for Site Features
6.3 Symbols for Building Construction
Chapter 7 Symbols for Use in Water Supply, Extinguishing, and Sprinkler System Drawings and Insurance Diagrams
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Water Supply and Distribution Symbols
7.3 Reserved
7.4 Symbols Related to Means of Egress
7.5 Indicating Appliances
7.6 Symbols for Fire Extinguishing Systems
7.7 Symbols for Portable Fire Extinguishers
7.8 Symbols for Fire-Fighting Equipment
7.9 Miscellaneous Symbols
Chapter 8 Symbols for Use in Electronic Fire and Smoke Detection and Notification System Drawings and Insurance Diagrams
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Symbols for Control Panels
8.3 Symbols for Fire Alarms, Detection, and Related Equipment — Signal Initiating Devices and Activation Switches
8.4 Notification Appliances
8.5 Related Equipment
8.6 Symbols for Smoke/Pressurization Control
Chapter 9 Symbols for Use in Pre-Incident Planning Sketches
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Access Features, Assessment Features, Ventilation Features, and Utility Shutoffs
9.3 Detection/Extinguishing Equipment
9.4 Water Flow Control Valves and Water Sources
9.5 Equipment Rooms
9.6 Identification of Hazardous Materials
Chapter 10 Symbology for Emergency Management Mapping
10.1 Damage Operational Symbols
10.2 Operations Symbology
10.3 Incidents Symbology
10.4 Natural Events Symbology
10.5 Infrastructures Symbology
Chapter 11 Emergency Evacuation Diagrams and Plans
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Composition
11.3 Orientation
11.4 Information Shown
11.5 Construction
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Additional Explanatory Information on Chapters 1 Through 6
Annex C Emergency Responder Map
Annex D Informational References