MRI Fire Extinguisher

Q: Do the accreditation organizations require a fire extinguisher inside the MRI room, or can it be located in the MRI control room?

A: The accreditation organizations would follow what NFPA 10 requires. NFPA 10-2010 has limitations on travel distance for portable extinguishers. An extinguisher inside the room with the magnet is not required provided the travel distance to get to the extinguisher meets the requirements set forth in NFPA 10. As an example: The maximum travel distance to get to a Class A extinguisher is 75 feet. But the travel distance to get to a Class B extinguisher is either 30 feet or 50 feet, depending on the capacity of the extinguisher and the level of hazard for the potential fire. But to answer your question, I don’t think the accreditors would require an extinguisher inside the MRI room, provided you do not exceed the travel distance to retrieve it. Also, be aware you need a non-ferrous extinguisher, but I’m sure you already knew that.

Brad Keyes
Brad Keyes, CHSP

Brad is a former advisor to Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and former Joint Commission LS surveyor. He guides clients through  organizational assessment; management training; ongoing coaching of task groups; and extensive one-on-one coaching of facility leaders. He analyzes and develops leadership effectiveness and efficiency in work processes, focusing on assessing an organization’s preparedness for a survey, evaluating processes in achieving preparedness, and guiding organizations toward compliance. 

As a presenter at national seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences, Brad teaches the Keyes Life Safety Boot Camp series to various groups and organizations. He is the author or co-author of many HCPro books, including the best-selling  Analyzing the Hospital Life Safety Survey, now in its 3rd edition. Brad has also authored a variety of articles in numerous publications addressing features of life safety and fire protection, as well as white papers and articles on the Building Maintenance Program. Currently serving as the contributing editor of the monthly HCPro newsletter Healthcare Life Safety Compliance  gives Brad further insight into the industry’s trends and best practices.