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

January 2016
We strive to protect building occupants, including our employees. Many years ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) formed to codify regulations in the area of employee protection.
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December 2015
In the course of daily business, you often receive a request to update or replace electrical systems in a building. Have you ever proactively asked customers to allow you to review and audit their fire alarm systems?
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December 2015
Thirty years ago, fire alarm equipment contained relays only in the fire alarm control units. The most information you could obtain from a fire alarm system was the device actuation zone. That zone might represent a whole floor of the building, which created an issue when trying to find the device in alarm or the fire.
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November 2015
We all use tools and test equipment to perform our daily work. Sometimes, it’s a basic hand tool, such as a screwdriver. Sometimes, it’s more sophisticated. Technology continues to play an important part in the design and installation of fire alarm and fire emergency voice/alarm communications systems (EVACS).
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October 2015
I see a trend in news headlines reporting the reduction of city budgets and personnel. Fire departments have especially become resource-challenged. However, the city officials still urge the fire department management to do more with less. No one can predict how long this so-called “management plan” can continue. READ MORE
October 2015
In my everyday work with contractors installing fire alarm systems, I do not find many people who can honestly say they have read NFPA 72 2013, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, at least once. I understand that the code may not be as entertaining as a Robert Ludlum or David Baldacci novel, but we read those for enjoyment. The code is a key component of our livelihood.
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September 2015
When I entered the business, I “sold” fire alarm systems. Codes at the time had begun to require that such systems be installed in some occupancies. However, most installations needed someone to convince the owner or other stakeholders about the value a fire alarm system would add to occupant life safety and property protection.
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August 2015
Design/build means different things to different people. Regardless, you should know that it places more responsibility on your shoulders as the electrical professional. It means you need to stay abreast of the codes that affect your installations.
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August 2015
Where do you begin? The technician inside all of us wants to immediately lay out the design on the plans, but that should not be your first move. Instead, determine what goals the owner and other relevant stakeholders want the building’s fire protection system to do. READ MORE

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