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

May 2008
The National Fire Alarm Code does not require anyone to install a fire alarm system. That statement sometimes surprises contractors who have been told by a fire official to install a fire alarm system in accordance with NFPA 72. In fact, the requirement for a fire alarm system in a new building comes from the building code in force in the jurisdiction. READ MORE
May 2008
Sometimes we get so caught up in running an electrical business and trying to make ends meet that we forget the importance of planning. It is important to take the time to evaluate your business and decide which areas need improvement and where new business can be developed. READ MORE
April 2008
Any contractor who has worked in healthcare environments knows the systems installation—whether electrical, fire alarm or security—poses many unique challenges. As an electrical contractor, you deal with the National Electrical Code (NEC) and National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72) on a fairly regular basis. READ MORE
March 2008
We appear to be entering a slow construction period. Those of us in the field have experienced these slow periods before, and we know that professional electrical contractors who plan for these slowdowns prosper through them. READ MORE
March 2008
Many electrical contractors (ECs) run the primary power to fire alarm control units without giving the installation much thought. After all, they have done this type of installation numerous times, and most could perform the operation blindfolded. READ MORE
February 2008
Often when you are installing fire alarm systems, you are asked what style or class of circuitry you plan to use. The circuit designations may be required in a local or state code or may be specified by the designer of the fire alarm system. Generally, there is a requirement for specific circuit types to help ensure system reliability. READ MORE
February 2008
The National Fire Alarm Code, NFPA 72, Section 10.4.1.1 requires trained technicians to perform an acceptance test on all new fire alarm systems. Specifically, the section states, “All new systems shall be inspected and tested in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 10. READ MORE
February 2008
Many of us have had unpleasant experiences while flying, especially during the winter. It takes only a little snow at a major airport to disrupt the whole system. Flying to Providence from the St. Louis airport recently, I discovered that all flights in and out of Chicago Midway—my connecting airport—were substantially delayed, due to a snowstorm the previous day in Chicago. READ MORE
January 2008
I was at a Cracker Barrel, one of my favorite restaurants for breakfast, when the two gentlemen at the next table were approached by their waitress who informed them that she had made a mistake. When she went to check on the status of their order, she discovered she had neglected to put the order in the computer. READ MORE

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