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 2013
Although the 2013 edition of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code contains 15 chapters and nine annexes, I find many contractors, designers and authorities having jurisdiction reference only one or two chapters when deciding what requirements will affect their fire alarm system design, installation or approval. I call this “using the code in a vacuum.”
December 2012
While the economy takes its time turning around, each day I see more fire alarm system upgrades to replace obsolete equipment. On almost every project, I find the owner promoting a common thread. Simply put, he or she wants to know what can be done to fix the existing system with the least capital investment. READ MORE
December 2012
We all know the guy in the Verizon Wireless ads moving around with his cell phone, asking: “Can you hear me now?” READ MORE
November 2012
The tools and equipment necessary to install and test a fire alarm system have changed over the years, and until a fire official asks to perform a particular test, many contractors may be unaware that they need a new meter or specialized piece of equipment. READ MORE
October 2012
Did you ever wonder why some companies succeed and expand even in a down economy while others struggle to keep their doors open? It is a question worth considering because, once you analyze their reasons for success, you may find ideas you can use to increase your own business. READ MORE
October 2012
McGraw-Hill has predicted that multifamily housing will rise 19 percent in dollars and 18 percent in units, continuing its moderate, upward trend. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that fewer individuals can afford to buy a home and that the future outlook for home ownership does not seem any brighter. So, the steady increase in multifamily housing should hold over the next few years. READ MORE
September 2012
From talking to electrical contractors lately, I know it’s still tough to get profitable work in the current economy. However, I also find most of the contractors who have prepared well for such a poor economic situation are maintaining a substantial workload. READ MORE
August 2012
I often get calls from professional contractors who have become involved in design/build electrical projects that include the design and installation of fire alarm systems. The reasons for the calls vary, but most are born of surprise and frustration. READ MORE
August 2012
In the January 2012 issue of Campus Safety Magazine, Robin Hattersley-Gray reported from a 2011 survey stating that “more than half of university, hospital and K–12 school district fire protection professionals rate system maintenance (57 percent) and false alarms (53 percent) as two of their top four campus fire protection concerns.” She also reported that these numbers represent an increase over READ MORE