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

February 2015
It is a sign of tight budgets when facility directors at most K–12 and higher education institutions receive mandates to defer maintenance on their existing building inventory to allow for budget dollar application elsewhere. You are aware that, when a facility postpones needed maintenance, the reliability of its system will deteriorate, often with disastrous consequences.
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February 2015
If you spend any amount of time in our industry, you are well aware that all codes and standards change, usually on a three-year timetable. READ MORE
January 2015
When a potential client calls on you to provide a fire alarm system, do you assume the design responsibility? If so, what resources do you use?
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December 2014
The predictions have arrived! Analysts expect the first quarter of 2015 to show a rapid rise in commercial construction. Obviously, this is good news on almost all fronts. This report means contractors will have more work, and, on the life safety side of construction, contractors will install more integrated systems to protect people and the built environment.
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December 2014
As most of you know, the codes and standards for fire alarm and mass notification systems change on a three-year cycle. New technology and more refined occupant needs top the list of reasons for most changes. Over the years, the requirements for visible notification appliances (strobes) have changed to keep up with new research and the development of technology. READ MORE
November 2014
At a recent gathering of fire alarm industry friends, we found ourselves lamenting that, even though we felt confident that NFPA 72 2013, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, provided very good guidance for designers, installers and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), we still find new installations that do not meet code requirements. READ MORE
October 2014
As a contractor, you bid on numerous fire alarm system projects based on plans and specifications developed by an engineer. You assume the engineer has discussed such things as quality and reliability with the owner because the specifications focus on those issues. READ MORE
October 2014
Residential home fire alarm protection methods can be broken down into two distinct applications: stand-alone detection devices, known as smoke alarms or carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, and combination fire alarm and detection systems that employ smoke detectors and CO detectors connected to a residential fire alarm system control unit.
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September 2014
Recently, I read an article in American School and University magazine by Tom Tapper that discusses competence and communication. Although his article focuses on education, it caused me to consider what the words “competence” and “communication” mean in our fire alarm systems profession. 
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