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The new edition of the NFPA Glossary of Terms (GOT) has been published and is available for FREE online. Visit to download your copy.

The GOT is a list of the defined terms in all of NFPA's published codes, standards, guides and recommended practices. The 14,461 terms are listed alphabetically and assembled into a free PDF available on the NFPA website. The document is used in a number of ways. It helps NFPA Technical Committees who are looking to define new terms or compare existing terms. It also helps members of the public who are interested in learning about how NFPA documents define specific terms. The Glossary of Terms Advisory Committee helps regulate the number of unnecessary duplicate definitions to try and make the GOT easier to use. The GOT contains the following details about each term:

Term: The word being defined. 

Definition:The description of the term.

Document (Edition): Where the term and definition are found (document #) and the edition year of that document.

Document Defining Same Term: A list of all documents that also define the same term.

Document Using Same Definition: A list of all documents that also define the same term in the exact same way.

See the figure below for an example of how the GOT is organized. The term "Barrel" is defined in 4 documents- NFPA 1, 30, 59A, and 80.  NFPA 1 and NFPA 30 both define the term in the exact same way. The first 3 definitions refer to a unit of volume while the last  definition, from NFPA 80, refers to a rolling steel door component.To learn more about any of the documents defining a term, visit the NFPA Document Information pages- doc #). For example, NFPA 80 can be found at


The Rim Fire approaches the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, the source of water and power for San Francisco.

Made apparent by the recent Rim Fire in California, which threatened the water supply of 2.6 million people living 160 miles from the incident, wildfires have regional impacts.

A story in the latest edition of NFPA Journal provides some perspective on a concern extending beyond the designated wildland/urban interface (WUI). “The threats to water, power, and other infrastructure that could affect  a major urban center are perfect examples of why wildfire is everyone’s  concern,” says NFPA's Molly Mowery, program manager for Fire Adapted Communities and International Outreach. “It’s easy to think that only the people living in  the WUI are affected, but the reality is that the impact of these fires  is often regional. We need to take collective ownership of these kinds  of disasters, and that includes the work we do to prepare for them."

Read the full story in Journal's In A Flash section, which includes highlights from NFPA's new home fire sprinkler cost report and digital freebies developed for Fire Prevention Week.

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