Benefits of the Kidde Non-Magnetic MRI Extinguisher:
NFPA 99 Requirements for MRI Rooms
In 2018, the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) updated the standards for NFPA 99 to delineate the requirements concerning the permissible types of fire extinguishers for use in healthcare facilities. This revision of NFPA 99 was prompted by the potential disruption or damage caused by specific fire extinguishers to devices within healthcare facilities. These requirements have been crafted to guarantee the utmost standards of life and fire safety within these facilities.
The revised NFPA 99 standards explicitly state that imaging rooms with magnetic devices, like MRI scanners, require non-conductive fire extinguishers. Specifically, these fire extinguishers must be non-ferrous, meaning they do not react to magnetic fields. MRI scanners run on extremely high voltages and generate very strong magnetic fields, making conductive fire extinguishers a potential risk. Failure to adhere to these requirements could potentially damage magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment or create projectiles from conductive fire extinguishers.
“MR Conditional” Explained
The Kidde Non-Magnetic MRI Extinguisher is a 5-Pound ABC fire extinguisher that meets MR Conditional criteria, indicating its adherence to the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standard (ASTM F2503-20). This standard outlines the procedure for marking medical devices and other items to ensure safety within the magnetic resonance environment.
“MR conditional” is a term that describes medical devices, equipment, or implants designed and tested for safe use in a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment. MRI is a non-invasive medical imaging technology that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to produce detailed images of the body’s internal structures.
These MR conditional devices are a specific design to ensure compatibility with the MRI environment, guaranteeing that they remain unaffected by the strong magnetic fields and radio waves generated by the machine. MR conditional devices have undergone rigorous testing to ensure they meet certain safety criteria, including compatibility with the MRI scanner, stability, and safety of the device in the presence of the magnetic field.
Manufacturers of MR conditional devices typically provide specific labeling and usage instructions, including details regarding the maximum magnetic field strength and other conditions under which they can be safely used. This information is important for healthcare providers and patients to ensure the safe and effective use of these devices in the MRI environment.
5 Pound fire Extinguishers
Designers have created a 5-pound ABC class fire extinguisher to aid in controlling various types of fires, encompassing Class A (wood, paper, cloth), Class B (gasoline, oil), and Class C (electrical). The “ABC” designation signifies its effectiveness.
The primary purpose of a 5-pound ABC class fire extinguisher is to swiftly control or extinguish fires in their early stages, preventing spread.