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

January 2008
Most electrical contractors (ECs) ensure that they know the requirements of the National Electrical Code (NEC), and when they make a Code-related installation mistake, they expect the electrical inspector to advise them to correct it. That may not be the best way to install electrical systems, but it tends to be what some would call a “real-world” situation. READ MORE
December 2007
Running a successful contracting business is a time-consuming job. You spend time marketing and selling your company to clients and then spend time operating the company, hopefully at a profit. Those of you who install fire alarm systems often treat them like other electrical projects. Once the projects are completed, you thank the client and wait for a call about the next project. READ MORE
December 2007
Almost every owner or manager of a contracting firm brings up the challenging problem of finding and keeping qualified technicians. Some of the old-timers complain they can’t seem to figure out what motivates the younger technicians entering today’s marketplace. READ MORE
December 2007
Retail stores present many challenges for the notification of shoppers and employees when a fire alarm system actuates. One obvious challenge is the high ambient noise levels that the audible notification appli-ances must overcome. Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and NFPA 72-2007 for the placement of strobes is another. READ MORE
November 2007
In this age of e-mails, cell phones and text messages, every contracting project seems to take on an urgency. The mantra everyone seems to voice is, “Get it done now!” Along with this comes the inherent problem of finishing projects, while maintaining the attitude that the installation must follow proper procedures and proper work practices. The age of the patient craftsman seems to be over. READ MORE
October 2007
Bells jingling, people talking, glasses clinking, ratchets rattling as people pull levers, the whirl of the roulette wheel and the shouts of encouragement as the dice roll. Noise, noise and more noise. If you have visited a casino, you may remember the constant assault of jangling slot machines encouraging people to keep playing and the excited shouts as players hit a jackpot. READ MORE
October 2007
Electrical contractors constantly search for a way to set themselves apart from the competition. Some contractors excel in the installation of complex fire alarm and security systems. Others specialize in the systems controls. Regardless of the area in which you choose to expand your capabilities, change always will serve as the one constant in the electrical business. READ MORE
October 2007
During a recent NFPA fire alarm systems seminar, a gentleman introduced himself and his two technicians. They had traveled quite a distance. Knowing NFPA planned a future seminar in his state, I asked why he did not wait to attend the closer seminar. “Well, we just signed our first fire alarm project ever, and we have to install it next week,” he said. READ MORE
October 2007
As electrical contractors grow, they usually specialize in a niche that involves installing electrical systems in a certain type of occupancy—residential homes; large, newly constructed industrial plants; or small, commercial retrofit projects. These niches create a certain comfort factor for the contractor. READ MORE

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