New NFPA 3D artwork with pop-up descriptions showcases 125 years of safety incidents, initiatives, and influencers

125 years of NFPA historyJune 28, 2021 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) invites safety professionals and practitioners, as well as the public, to peruse some of the most prominent issues, emerging threats, and forward-thinkers on display in a new, dynamic 3D artwork piece that was commissioned to celebrate the 125th anniversary of NFPA. 

“How do you capture people’s attention and break through the clutter to tell a story that began 125 years ago, a story that evolves daily, that spans every industry, and do so in a way that is compelling? Visually, of course,” NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley said. “In recent years, global citizens and NFPA have embraced the digital delivery of engaging, visual content, so it’s only fitting that we celebrate this important milestone with a visual recap of the life-altering work that has occurred over the last dozen decades and the industry influencers who have led the way. I hope our 125thAnniversary 3D collection creatively conveys some of the ways that NFPA has worked with like-minded organizations and individuals to reduce loss and, more importantly, that the artwork inspires people around the world to take an active role in protecting people and property. Because the work we do matters. 

If, as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, the new visual retrospective will tell powerful stories about the progress that has been made in fire, electrical, building, and life safety since 1896; the holistic approach that is required to reduce risk; and the challenges that remain before us. 

Back in 1896, NFPA began advancing safety in a new industrialized nation by facilitating the development of codes and standards – initially to help solve challenges with sprinklers and electrical systems. In the years since, the NFPA standards development process has morphed significantly. Today, volunteers from 42 countries fill more than 9,000 NFPA technical committee seats and produce over 325 consensus codes and standards, and 40,000 members look to the organization for relevant resources and technical expertise. As it moves deeper into its second century, NFPA is considered an information and knowledge leader, highly regarded for developing codes and standards, conducting research, providing data, educating audiences on safety hazards, training on best practices, highlighting policy issues, offering digital solutions, and for connecting the dots on safety with its Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem.

To get a better understanding of the full breadth of NFPA, the many industries it serves, the leadership role it plays in the interest of society, and the myriad of safety hazards on the organization’s radar: 

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NFPA: 125 Years of Protecting People and Property

The National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) is a global self-funded nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property, and economic loss due to fire, electrical, and related hazards. The association began its work to solve the fire problem in a young, industrialized nation in 1896 and has since become a global force known for advancing safety worldwide. NFPA delivers information and knowledge through more than 325 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach, and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. In celebration of its 125th Anniversary, NFPA will be hosting a Conference Series and other initiatives that reflect the association’s steadfast commitment to advancing fire and life safety for the next 125 years and beyond. For more information or to view NFPA codes and standards for free, visit

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