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NFPA 10

Standard for Installing and Maintaining Portable Fire Extinguishers

Chapter 3 Definitions

3.1 General. The definitions contained in this chapter shall
apply to the terms used in this standard. Where terms are not
defined in this chapter or within another chapter, they shall be
defined using their ordinarily accepted meanings within the
context in which they are used. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate
Dictionary, 11th edition, shall be the source for the ordinarily
accepted meaning.
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions.
3.2.1* Approved. Acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.
3.2.2* Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). An organization,
office, or individual responsible for enforcing the requirements
of a code or standard, or for approving equipment, materials,
an installation, or a procedure.
3.2.3 Labeled. Equipment or materials to which has been
attached a label, symbol, or other identifying mark of an organization
that is acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction
and concerned with product evaluation, that maintains periodic
inspection of production of labeled equipment or materials,
and by whose labeling the manufacturer indicates
compliance with appropriate standards or performance in a
specified manner.
3.2.4* Listed. Equipment, materials, or services included in a
list published by an organization that is acceptable to the
authority having jurisdiction and concerned with evaluation of
products or services, that maintains periodic inspection of
production of listed equipment or materials or periodic evaluation
of services, and whose listing states that either the equipment,
material, or service meets appropriate designated
standards or has been tested and found suitable for a specified
purpose.
3.2.5 Shall. Indicates a mandatory requirement.
3.2.6 Should. Indicates a recommendation or that which is
advised but not required.
3.2.7 Standard. An NFPA Standard, the main text of which
contains only mandatory provisions using the word “shall” to
indicate requirements and that is in a form generally suitable
for mandatory reference by another standard or code or for
adoption into law. Nonmandatory provisions are not to be
considered a part of the requirements of a standard and shall
be located in an appendix, annex, footnote, informational
note, or other means as permitted in the NFPA Manuals of
Style. When used in a generic sense, such as in the phrase“standards development process” or “standards development
activities,” the term “standards” includes all NFPA Standards,
including Codes, Standards, Recommended Practices, and
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