NFPA 1801: Standard on Thermal Imagers for the Fire Service

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Help fire fighters meet fireground challenges safely with thermal imagers designed, tested, and certified to the 2013 edition of NFPA 1801.

The 2013 NFPA 1801: Standard on Thermal Imagers for the Fire Service contains revised minimum requirements for the design, performance, testing, and certification of new thermal imagers for the fire service. These imagers are used by fire fighters during emergency incident operations to determine where victims are located, where the fire is, and avenues of fire spread so they can provide such data to the incident command.

In the 2013 edition, Chapter 7 and Chapter 8 have undergone significant changes, including:

  • The image recognition test that testing laboratories use for thermal imagers has been replaced by a spatial resolution test that will produce consistent, reliable values.
  • Image color testing was removed from Chapter 8, and the section related to thermal sensitivity testing was revised so that the test would yield more repeatable and reproducible results.

This important Standard is vital for thermal imager manufacturers and testing and certification authorities to ensure that equipment will perform as expected on the job. (Softbound, 41 pp., 2013)

NFPA® 1801 Standard on Thermal Imagers for the Fire Service 2013 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 Units
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections. (Reserved)
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Certification
4.1 General
4.2 Certification Program
4.3 Inspection and Testing
4.4 Annual Verification of Product Compliance
4.5 Manufacturers' Quality Assurance Program
4.6 Hazards Involving Compliant Product
4.7 Manufacturers' Investigation of Complaints and Returns
4.8 Manufacturers' Safety Alert and Product Recall Systems
Chapter 5 Product Labeling and Information
5.1 Product Label Requirements
5.2 User Information
Chapter 6 Design Requirements
6.1 General Design Requirements
6.2 Power Button
6.3 Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) for Thermal Imagers
6.4 TI BASIC Operational Format
6.5 TI BASIC PLUS Operational Format
6.6 Thermal Imager Viewing Area
Chapter 7 Performance Requirements
7.1 Thermal Imager Performance Requirements
Chapter 8 Test Methods
8.1 Image Recognition Test
8.2 Vibration Test
8.3 Impact Acceleration Resistance Test
8.4 Corrosion Test
8.5 Viewing Surface Abrasion Test
8.6 Heat Resistance Test
8.7 Heat and Flame Test
8.8 Product Label Durability Test
8.9 Cable Pullout Test
8.10 Effective Temperature Range Test
8.11 Field of View (FOV) Measurement
8.12 Thermal Sensitivity Test
8.13 Durability Test
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Informational References
Index