The National Fire Protection Association is a self-funded, non-profit organization that started with the aim to solve the fire problem in a young, industrialized nation. Today, it has grown to become the safety authority around the world. In the late 19th Century, before national standards were introduced,Boston had nine radically different sprinkler standards within a 100-mile radius. At the time, a group of insurance executives in Boston were looking for a solution for the numerous ways sprinklers were being installed in the region. To solve this issue,NFPA created a common standard now known as NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. At the same time, the electrical community was dealing with five different recognized standards that addressed the safe use of electrical equipment, creating similar confusion andan increased risk for hazardous complication.