Standard for Fire Safety and Emergency Symbols
The next edition of this standard is now open for Public Input (formerly proposals).
What is NFPA 170?
NFPA 170 provides standard symbols used to communicate fire safety, emergency, and associated hazards information. Using easily understood uniform symbols on labels and signs provides consistency, eliminates confusion, and improves communication.
Official document scope
What does NFPA 170 address?
This standard is intended for the general public and the fire service, as well as for architectural and engineering drawings, insurance diagrams, fire fighting operations, and pre-incident planning sketches. It includes symbology for emergency management mapping, and emergency evacuation diagrams and plans. Annexes provide explanatory material and symbols for life safety planning.