Wayne D. Moore

Fire/Life Safety Columnist and Freelance Writer

Wayne D. Moore, a licensed fire protection engineer, frequent speaker and an expert in the life safety field, is a co-editor of the current National Fire Alarm Code Handbook. Moore is a principal with Hughes Associates Inc. at the Warwick, R.I., office.

Articles by Wayne D. Moore

December 2013
Despite the threat of disasters, many people fail to develop emergency plans. It often takes experiencing a disaster to recognize the need for a contingency plan, but electrical contractors can suggest such plans to their customers before calamity strikes.
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December 2013
I receive questions and stories about installer experiences with code-compliant fire alarm systems in the field, many relating to issues about the use, application and installation requirements of visible and audible notification appliances. READ MORE
November 2013
Many Might answer the title question: “I am a professional contractor.” That means you at least install fire alarm systems, maybe even design your own projects. If that alone constitutes your answer, you routinely miss a huge amount of sales. 
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October 2013
Like most contractors, you probably keep busy trying to sell and install what you know best, struggling to provide the low bid to get the work. Most customers think of your products and services as “commodities.” As such, they feel that purchasing them at the lowest price should give them the same protection, level of safety, and peace of mind as the highest priced commodities.
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October 2013
There’s some good news in the construction arena: A significant number of new college dormitories and multifamily residential properties have recently broken ground or will do so soon. Reports indicate that more projects are in the pipeline. READ MORE
September 2013
It makes sense that most contractors focus on the codes that relate to the system types they install. Specifically, professional systems contractors most use NFPA 70, National Electrical Code and NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.
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August 2013
“What is NFPA 72?” That sounds like a straightforward question, right? At least, we would like to think so. At a recent meeting, someone asked a technician this seemingly simple question. He replied correctly that NFPA 72 was the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. He then proceeded to add that the “72” was the year of the code. READ MORE
August 2013
When maintaining low-voltage systems, there is little to guide you as to when to schedule service, other than your experience with the equipment’s past performance and the recommendations of the manufacturer. Or, maybe, you focus on providing on-call service only. However, this places you completely at the mercy of the customer’s schedule.
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July 2013
It is interesting to monitor how the biennial “Profile of the Electrical Contractor” research study has changed over the years. It shows how the EC evolves with the times, including adding communications work to their offerings. Those who responded to market shifts made the move to profit. 
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