Digital Product support

What is a PDF?

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 Acrobat Reader from Adobe Systems. (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.

Which products does NFPA sell in PDF format?
How do I download my PDF after purchase?

Register on NFPA's website or log in to your existing account. Please record your login and password - you will need it to access and download your NFPA documents.

Once you have completed your purchase transaction, follow the steps below to save your document. Please note that steps 3 & 4 only need to be completed one time.

  1. Find the document you would like to download in the PDFs purchased list.
  2. Click the "DOWNLOAD" link to the right of the PDF. When downloading, take note of the PDF file size; larger PDFs can take a considerable amount of time to download, especially on slower internet connections.
  3. A popup window will appear that contains the NFPA license terms. You must accept the license terms before you can download your PDF.
  4. A second pop-up window will appear with the watermarking tool. Verify that the information contained in the "owner" and "designated user" sections is correct. Make any changes to this information at this time, as once you accept the watermark and license information, this watermark will be permanently applied to your PDF.
  5. When prompted, save the file to your computer so you will have continued access to the file. It is recommended that you create a dedicated folder for all NFPA documents.

Once you accept the license terms and watermark, you can download your PDF again without having to repeat steps 3 & 4. Any future download of your PDF will display the permanent watermark. You can now locate the PDF on your device and open it like any other file.

What is NEC Online?

NEC Online is an annual subscription product that can be accessed from any device (laptop, tablet or mobile phone) with an internet connection or data plan. An annual single-user license will cost $199 for nonmembers and $179.10 for members. Multi-user pricing (10+ users) will be available through our sales team: There will also be a 2-day free trial available through our online catalog. Only one-year subscriptions will be offered for this product – multi-year subscriptions are not being offered at this time. See all FAQs about NEC Online.

What is an NFPA eBook?

An eBook is a book designed in a digital format and delivered as an electronic file. It can be downloaded immediately after purchase for quick, easy access. Downloaded eBooks are stored locally on your device, so you can access the content offline. An eBook adjusts to fit the screen size of the device it is being viewed on, making it user-friendly on mobile devices.

NFPA eBooks are published in the ePub3 open standard format and can be read using an eReader application. Free eReader applications are available for most devices and operating systems. For the best reading experience, NFPA recommends using the free NFPA eReader application, NFPA eLibrary

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How do I access my eBook?

Upon purchase of an NFPA eBook, you will be prompted with instructions for downloading and accessing your eBook.

What are the differences in functionality if you purchase an eBook, PDF, or access a code/standard for free on

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What are the system requirements for an NFPA streaming video I’ve purchased?

Videos you’ve purchased can be accessed through our online streaming service. There are two options, you can choose the one that suits your needs best.

  • 2-Day Online Access - You have 30 days to access your online video. Once you begin viewing your video, you have 2 days to complete your viewing. Ideal for individuals.
  • Unlimited Online Access - Pay once and have perpetual access to the video. Ideal for training environments.

Windows PC Browser

Mac Browser



Firefox 3.0.1 or higher

Firefox 3.0.1 or higher

Internet Explorer 6 SP1

Safari 3.2.1 or higher

Internet Explorer 7

Safari 4 or higher

Internet Explorer 8


Internet Explorer 9


Safari 3.2.2 or higher


Safari 4 or higher



Windows PC Flash

Mac Flash

Flash Player 11.1 r102+

Flash Player 11.1 r102+

Flash Player 11.0 r1+

Flash Player 11.0 r1+

Flash Player 10.3 rxxx

Flash Player 10.3 rxxx

Flash Player 10.2 rxxx

Flash Player 10.2 rxxx

Apple iOS - 5.1 and beyond; Android OS - 2.3, 4.0 and beyond

See a complete list of streaming videos available for purchase.

Web Applications

NFPA offers several easy to use online web applications that provide tools that can be used to better use some NFPA codes and standards.