Catalog Help

General Info

If you are experiencing problems using our Online Catalog site, please read the information in this Help file to assist you in resolving the problem. If you continue to experience technical difficulties, please submit your question online, or call the NFPA® Customer Service at 1-800-344-3555. For international customers, the number is 1-617-770-3000. The support line is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST. If you wish to place an order, but don't wish to use the Online Catalog, you can always place your order with us via telephone. Call NFPA Customer Sales at 1-800-344-3555 or 1-617-770-3000 if outside the U.S. Our hours of operation are from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, EST.

The dynamic nature of our site requires the use of JavaScript which your Web browser may not support, or you may have this feature disabled. It is necessary that you use a Web browser that supports JavaScript AND this feature MUST be enabled in order to successfully utilize the NFPA Online Catalog site. Our online catalog also requires the use of 'cookies'. A cookie is a small file written to your PC. It only exists to contain your order items and expire after a short period of time. Your browser must accept cookies in order for the NFPA online catalog to work. Browser software that have tested successfully with this site are Netscape Navigator version 4.0 and higher and Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 4.0 and higher.

Catalog Search Tips

  • When searching by catalog item #, be sure to include dashes where appropriate. For example: '7011SB', '10109', or 'LH-47208'
  • When searching for a code, enter NFPA followed by the code number. For example: 'NFPA 30B' or 'NFPA 70'.
  • Ensure the correct spelling of the keywords.
  • Rephrase your search to use different keywords.
  • Try searching for more generic keywords.
  • Please note that a keyword search will return any code or standard that includes the keyword in the content of the code or standard.

Order Questions / Technical Store Questions

If you experience problems with the electronic ordering process, submit your question online, or call the NFPA Customer Service at 1-800-344-3555. For international customers, the number is 1-617-770-3000. The support line is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST.

For questions about items available for order and order options, submit your question online. Call this number to modify an order placed online. You may also call 1-800-344-3555; for international customers the number is 1-617-770-3000. The toll free Customer Service number for Mexico is 95-800-844-6058. Queries may be faxed to 1-508-895-8301 (International) or 1-800-593-NFPA (US and Canada).

If you have general questions about NFPA, its publications, or other organizational information, you may wish to visit the main site at http://www.nfpa.org. You may also send email to webmaster@nfpa.org.

JavaScript

JavaScript - not to be confused with Java™ -  is a widely used and accepted Web programming language, recognized by most, but not all, major Web browsers. While JavaScript has a broad variety of uses on the Internet, the NFPA Online Catalog site uses JavaScript to access product information and for maintaining accuracy and ensuring that we receive all of the information necessary to complete your order in an efficient and satisfactory manner. The use of JavaScript is strictly limited to ensuring the reliability and functionality of our site. If you see an error page named "Configuration File Not Found" it is due to JavaScript being disabled in your browser.

You can enable or disable JavaScript in your browser by looking in the "settings" area. For Netscape Navigator 4.0, this is located under OPTIONS menu item, in "Network Preferences" under the "Languages" tab. In Navigator 4.0 or later versions, this information is found under the EDIT menu item in "Preferences", under the heading "Advanced." Internet Explorer 4.0 or later versions store these settings under the VIEW menu item, in "Internet Options", on the "Advanced" tab.

Quick Order

The NFPA Catalog Quick Order option is available for your use if you are shopping from your NFPA print catalog or if you know the exact item numbers of the products you are shopping for. Simply enter the item numbers of the products you've selected and the quantity you prefer and continue to check out. Items will be added directly into your shopping cart.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which web browsers will work in the NFPA Store?

The NFPA Store and online ordering process uses the latest Javascript programming languages. Older web browsers cannot read Javascript and will not be able to access all areas of the Store or submit online orders. To successfully navigate the NFPA Store, you will need a minimum of Netscape 4.0, Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0, or AOL Browser 4.0. Download the latest version of Netscape or Internet Explorer from these links.

Is it safe to use my credit card?

The NFPA online catalog uses industry standard security with an SSL certificate. This secures your credit card information once it reaches our server. The browser program you have on your computer comprises the other half of the security picture. You can see if your browser can create a 'secure handshake' with the secure server by looking for the picture of the padlock in the bottom of your browser window. If the padlock is in the closed and locked position when you are on the payment screen, then you have a secure connection. If you do not see the closed padlock, then you may need to upgrade your browser software. Of course you can always place your order over the telephone by calling 1-800-344-3555. From outside the U.S. and Canada, the telephone number is 1-617-770-3000. The toll free Customer Service number for Mexico is 95-800-844-6058. Customer Service hours are 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. (EST).

Which credit cards does NFPA accept?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.

Can I pay by purchase order?

Yes. NFPA allows all orders placed on its Online Catalog to be paid by credit card, and now allows some orders to be billed, subject to credit approval. Please see our Payment Policy for specific details regarding making payments using a PO or bill me request.

How much is shipping & handling?

For orders with shippable goods, NFPA will add a $8.95 handling fee to orders under $1000, or 2% of merchandise total for orders of $1000 or more. Additional charges for express shipping charges (if requested), and 7.00% sales tax (for California residents only.)*

The NFPA online catalog does not have a way to calculate expedited shipping costs at this time. If you select US standard delivery, NFPA pays the shipping. For expedited (rush) orders, the warehouse calculates the most cost effective method to send your order. We charge you the exact cost to us. Your credit card is not charged until the items are shipped. You can place your order by phone at 1-800-344-3555 to get more information about the shipping costs for your order. Back to FAQs    Top of Page

*Excludes Firewise® Communities Products: Shipping for Firewise items is free to any US address (domestic ground delivery only). International customers, please contact the Firewise program at firewise@nfpa.org or 1-617-984-7486.

What is NFPA's guarantee?

If you are not satisfied with your order, you may return it to us within 30 days for full credit or refund.

What if I have a problem with my order?

If you have a technical problem with your order, please submit your question online, or call the NFPA Customer Service at 1800-344-3555. For international customers, the number is 1-617-770-3000. The support line is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST.

How long will it take me to receive my order by mail?

Your order will take approximately 7-10 days in North America. Special shipping services may be arranged for the extra shipping charge. NFPA will work to get you the lowest rate possible. If you have further questions, please call our Customer Sales Department at 1-800-344-3555 or 1-617-770-3000 if outside the U.S.

Does NFPA offer a Member Discount?

Yes; 10% will be deducted from the subtotal of your order if you are an NFPA member and login with your NFPA ID number or email address and the password for your profile. To Login, click on the Yellow tab labelled 'Sign In'. If you are not logged in, the catalog check out process will prompt you to login when you click the 'Checkout' button. You may also join online to receive the member discount.

If you were an NFPA member as of September, 2001, you should have received a mailing with your login and password for the new NFPA web site and catalog. If you did not receive the letter, you can call Customer Service at 1-800-344-3555.

How can I get the quantity discount?

Many of our products have discounts when you buy multiple copies of them. You'll see that this is available if there is a link titled 'Quantity Pricing Information' on the product detail page. In order to receive the discount, you'll need to:
1.) Add the desired product to your shopping cart
2.) On the Shopping Cart page, Modify the quantity as desired
3.) click "Recalculate"
The price will be adjusted accordingly

If you'd like additional information on quantity discounts, please call a Customer Sales Representative, toll-free at 1-800-344-3555 or 1-617-770-3000 if outside the U.S., Monday - Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST.

How can I contact NFPA directly?

You may write to us at:
NFPA
1 Batterymarch Park
PO Box 9101
Quincy, MA 02269-9101

The Customer Sales toll-free number is 1-800-344-3555. If you wish to call us, please use this telephone number for all orders, membership information, or order inquiries. From outside the U.S. and Canada, the telephone number is 1-617-770-3000. The toll free Customer Sales number for Mexico is 95-800-844-6058. Customer Services hours are 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. (EST) The main telephone number for the NFPA is 1-617-770-3000 or submit your question online.

I am placing an order from outside of the United States. Do you have international distributors of NFPA products?

Check out our list of Canadian and international distributors on our main website. Use this link to Annex Publishing, our Canadian distributor, http://www.annexweb.com/bookstore.html

Who should I contact for information about copying or distributing copies of NFPA standards?

For permission issues with regards to copying or distribution of NFPA standards, contact Mr. Dennis Berry at 1-617-770-3000 or email dberry@nfpa.org.

Technical FAQs

I got a message about secure and non-secure pages. What does this mean?

Certain browser configurations and ISPs will post alert messages (such as "the site contains both secure and non-secure content") when users move from secure pages to non-secure pages and back. The only parts of this site that require security are those in which you enter your credit card number information. This portion of our website is hosted on a secure server. We use HTTPS (Secure HTTP) Protocol to ensure that ordering information is sent directly to NFPA, and that only NFPA can decode it. You can always order by calling NFPA Customer Sales at 1-800-344-3555 (1-617-770-3000 if outside the U.S) Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM, Eastern Time.

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I logged in as the letter instructed me to, but now the password doesn't work.

The first time you signed in to the new www.nfpa.org web site, you were prompted to change your login to your email address, and to enter a new password. Please use that new password whenever you are prompted by the site to enter it. If you have lost or forgotten your password, look for "Forgot your password?" on the sign in page and follow the instructions to request that your password be sent to the email address listed in your NFPA Online profile.

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Why do I have to sign in now to complete a purchase? I never had to do this before.

NFPA has updated its entire web site and catalog. We offer a number of member, subscriber and customer benefits that involve having an online profile of all the information about your membership or subscription:

  • We store your address (as many as you want to add to your address book.)
  • We do not store your credit card.
  • PDF files you purchase are available to you for 7 days following your purchase via your Sign In.
  • Your Profile will speed your next purchase.
  • Although we would like to use the information in your profile to tell you about savings offers and other pertinent information about NFPA and other related companies, we respect your privacy. You can always tell us not to send any unsolicited emails to you by updating your profile.

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I came to the NFPA online catalog, signed in and there were items in my shopping cart.

The web site may save items in your cart from a previous visit. If you don't want them, simply click the 'Empty Cart' button on the shopping cart page. Each line item in the cart has a 'Delete' button in the left most column as an alternative.

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I don't know if my order went through.

a) If your order completed, you should have seen a screen that said 'Thank you for shopping at NFPA'.
b) You would also receive a confirming email based on the email address in your login profile.

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I'm not sure how to find the product I need.

There are 2 ways to locate products in the Online catalog:

a. You can browse the Catalog Index in the gray left-hand column. Most categories include subcategories to help you browse by topic. The subcategories are useful to reduce the number of pages listed with items in the category.

b. You can also use the Search located in the search box in the top right under the main navigation. Type in an NFPA item number, or a code number such as 'NFPA 13', or keywords such as 'sprinkler' or 'protective clothing' and click the GO button. Your search results will appear in the right side of the screen. If there is only one product that matches your search, you will see the product detail information. Otherwise, you will see a table. Please note, there may be more than one page of results. Use the 'Next' and 'Previous' links to move from page to page.

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Information about NFPA PDF Files

Portable Document Format (PDF) files are widely used to distribute files across a wide range of computer systems. This format retains the look and content of the page in a cross-platform world.

To read these files you will need to install the free software Adobe Reader from Adobe Systems (www.adobe.com)

NFPA does not provide support for either Adobe Reader or other Adobe products.  PDF files are intended for viewing on the computer and printing. They are not editable.

License Agreement for PDF Files

All PDF documents are copyrighted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269-9101 USA. All rights reserved.

NFPA grants you a license as follows: The right to download an electronic file of this NFPA document for purposes of viewing and/or printing the NFPA document for individual use. Neither the electronic file nor the hard copy print may be reproduced in any way. In addition, the electronic file may not be distributed elsewhere over computer networks or otherwise. The hard copy print may only be used personally or distributed to other employees for their internal use within your organization.

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