What is NFPA?

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The National Fire Protection Association is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating death, injury, and loss related to fire and electrical hazards. Established in 1896, the NFPA promotes research, training, education, and outreach, and is known for more than 300 codes and safety standards published in an effort to accomplish their mission.

What is NFPA 10?

Each of the Association’s codes begin with “NFPA” and are followed by a number or number-letter combination that is a standard for a specific item related to safety. NFPA 10 provides the minimum requirements for portable fire extinguishers to ensure they are maintained and are ready to be used to extinguish small fires. The NFPA 10 provisions apply to the selection, installation, inspection, maintenance, recharging, and testing of portable fire extinguishers and Class D extinguishing agents.

How Do I Stay Compliant With NFPA 10?

The requirements of NFPA 10 are broken down into multiple sections on inspection, maintenance, and testing, and in each section there are sub-requirements that stipulate mandatory procedures, necessary qualifications for those performing the work, the frequency of inspection and maintenance, and how to document what was done. Because the NFPA 10 standards require that all inspection and maintenance activities take place at predetermined intervals, it can be a lot of work to guarantee that the requirements relating to NFPA 10 are completed correctly and on time.

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Does software such as InspectNTrack help me stay compliant with NFPA 10?

Absolutely! With InspectNTrack, the inspection and maintenance schedules are prebuilt and include forms and questions that are intended to ensure your compliance. All you have to do is add your portable fire extinguishers into the system through upload or mobile field setup and the system will tell you what to do and when to do it. The InspectNTrack software will keep you on top of all the requirements relating to the procedures, frequency, maintenance, and documentation of your portable fire extinguishers. Additionally, InspectNTrack stores inspection data and can print on-demand compliance reports in the event of an audit.

NFPA 10 is a valuable standard relating to portable fire extinguishers that, if followed, will help to protect your organization in the event of a small fire or electrical hazard. Making sure you are keeping up with NFPA 10 requirements can prove to be a confusing and costly task if you are not using life safety inspection software such as InspectNTrack. InspectNTrack does the work for you and will ensure your NFPA 10 compliance is as easy as possible, keeping you safe without the headache.  

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