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

June 2017
One of the most common problems I find when reviewing installed fire alarm designs is the misapplication of smoke detectors. Some installers don’t know what smoke detectors do or why simply installing spot-type smoke detectors on a 40-foot ceiling or installing one detector in a 60-foot-long corridor does not achieve early warning.
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June 2017
Renovating commercial buildings that require fire alarm system updates presents many challenges. First, the upgrade that is designed and installed must comply with NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. The challenge comes from determining which edition should be followed. As I’ve written in this column many times before, it depends!
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May 2017
Many contractors work on building tenant fit-outs or reconfigurations of existing spaces where an existing fire alarm system requires updating. Often, a fire alarm equipment salesperson will lure the contractor into thinking it is OK to reuse the existing system’s wiring and cable. READ MORE
April 2017
Many designers of the notification portion of a fire alarm or mass notification system (MNS) seem unaware of the specific performance requirements for each type of appliance as required or allowed by NFPA 72 2016, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. READ MORE
March 2017
Many contractors have said to me, “The fire alarm system is supervised, and I have a green light on the fire alarm control unit. Why do I need to test it?” While the fire alarm system supervises itself for fault conditions, it only monitors those external circuits that connect the detection devices and notification appliances for integrity. READ MORE
February 2017
Contractors often experience some confusion over the types of circuits required and permitted for fire alarm system installations. First, contractors need to recognize that they must install all circuits as required by chapters 12 and 23 of NFPA 72 2016, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.
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February 2017
Many technicians new to the fire/life safety field perform fire alarm system installations. For these technicians, the code and the equipment they intend to install look ominous.
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January 2017
Regardless of the changes in our federal government this year, there is one thing we know for sure: we have a new NFPA 72 2016, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code from the National Fire Protection Association. Does that mean we should have started using the new code on Jan. 1? READ MORE
December 2016
Strobes are essentially the only lights available for fire alarm notification. They have been misunderstood and even misused on occasion, but every fire alarm system with audible notification must have a complement of strobes to ensure the hearing-impaired occupants will be notified of an alarm.
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