Potential revisions for the 2017 edition of NFPA 25

A sneak peek of proposed changes to NFPA 25 (2017 edition) suggest some movement toward streamlining the standard with the goal of improved usability. At a high-level, these include:

  • Technical revisions are fewer in the 2017 edition than in the past, but being considered for this edition include:
    • Decreasing the frequency of select inspections and test requirements
    • Expanding on the space set aside in the 2014 edition for automated inspection and testing requirements (which fold into NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code standards as applicable)
    • Calling out coordination between property owners/managers and fire protection professionals regarding water discharge, which sees to manage water damage considerations relative to discharging of water during inspection, test and maintenance activities
  • Organizational revisions
    • Separating requirements, particularly for testing, for deluge and preaction systems
    • Consolidating all pressure gauge inspection and testing requirements into one location (in Chapter 13)
    • Hose valves have a dedicated section and separate line (also in Chapter 13)
  • Formatting overhaul
    • Consideration is being paid to present a more consistent format and style of tables and related data, which was originally adapted from NFPA 13A and 14A when NFPA 25 was assembled more than 25 years ago.

NFPA 25 (cover)The 2017 edition of NFPA is available for pre-order now, with a target ship date of October 28 (standard softbound and PDF version), eBook on November 11, and handbook formats (hardbound, PDF and eBook) in mid- to late-December 2016.

All formats can be pre-ordered directly from NFPA online by using theĀ NFPA catalog.


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