Wayne D. Moore

Fire/Life Safety Columnist and Freelance Writer

MOORE, a licensed fire protection engineer, frequent speaker and an expert in the life safety field, is a principal member and past chair of NFPA 72, Chapter 24. Moore is a vice president with JENSEN HUGHES at the Warwick, R.I., office. He can be reached at wmoore@jensenhughes.com.

Articles by Wayne D. Moore

December 2017
We all remember our first fire alarm system installation. Good or bad, we learned from it. On my first installation, I remember going back to my office to speak with the “engineer” we relied on for information. He actually only had training as an electronics technician from a large organization that primarily worked with the military, but he was called an engineer. READ MORE
December 2017
I used to get weary of hearing intelligent buildings would be the norm in the near future. I never believed the concept would catch on. First, it was expensive. Second, there had to be a coordinated design for all of the systems in the buildings. Third, not everything fit into the concept of “intelligent.” Fourth, the IT group rarely wanted to cooperate. READ MORE
November 2017
I know from experience with contractors in the field that, when it comes to mass notification systems (MNS), being required to perform a risk analysis for the MNS ranks just above getting a root canal at the dentist’s office!
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October 2017
Nineteen years ago, author Spencer Johnson wrote “Who Moved My Cheese?” This book features a fable about how to cope with change.
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October 2017
We have all heard the phrase “That’s good enough for government work!” Whether said in jest, sarcasm or resignation, it implies you have done all you’re going to do, and the result will just have to suffice. READ MORE
September 2017
It never ceases to amaze me just how much people in our industry have been either misled or misinformed concerning technical and code information. I often encounter installers, authorities having jurisdiction, engineers, owners and architects who believe that what they “know” about fire alarm systems or the code process is “gospel.” READ MORE
September 2017
Since 1999, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code has required survivability for certain circuits that need to work during a fire. In truth, the code has always required speaker circuits serving emergency voice/alarm communications systems to meet a performance requirement for survivability. 
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August 2017
Throughout my career, I have found contractors that attempt to perform fire alarm system installations by the seat of their pants. A contractor typically has grown up in the industry with some valuable training resources. But, as time goes by, they can start relying on others and taking input from fire alarm supplier salespeople, often with wrong information. READ MORE
August 2017
How often does something go wrong on a project? I bet your answer is, “Too often.” Of course, when this happens, it erodes profitability.
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