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

December 2010
Most of us in the electrical field are aware of the various codes and standards that affect our installations. We also understand that the technical committees revise the codes on three-year cycles. Other laws and standards change infrequently. Nevertheless, these other laws and standards also affect our fire alarm system installations. READ MORE
November 2010
Conducting a fire alarm system acceptance test in front of a fire official can prove daunting, even when the system passes muster. But doing any form of fire alarm system testing without having the proper tools is downright foolish. The tools needed to properly test a fire alarm system include more than the physical tools or meters. READ MORE
October 2010
Today, casinos are being built nationwide—this construction is not limited to locales in Nevada and New Jersey. However, we still follow fire and building code requirements that were radically changed by deadly fires in Las Vegas casinos close to 30 years ago. The most notable casino fire was, of course, the deadly MGM Grand Hotel and Casino fire on Nov. 21, 1980. READ MORE
September 2010
Inevitably, when I am in the field, a contractor will ask what code he or she should follow. Generally, the question stems from a previous surprising experience of the contractor when he or she discovered that some portion of a job did not comply with one of the applicable codes that the jurisdiction adopted. READ MORE
August 2010
For many reasons, public spaces can prove difficult to protect with security systems as well as with fire detection and alarm systems. In many cases, historic buildings present an array of specific design and installation issues. These include the importance of not allowing the installation of the fire alarm or security system to destroy the historic fabric of the building. READ MORE
August 2010
The very nature of design/build projects requires you to participate in the design process. You may even feel comfortable with assisting in this process. However, these types of projects come with increased responsibility. With most design/build projects, the owner will ask you for your opinion. READ MORE
July 2010
One of the first things you discover when reading NFPA 72 (2010), the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, is the interdependence of the chapters. For example, you will find the application, installation and performance requirements for emergency communications systems and their components in Chapter 24. But by itself, this chapter does not cover every aspect of installing such systems. READ MORE
June 2010
Surely, you have heard of green construction and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. One might not think a fire alarm system (FAS) contributes to a green building, but a FAS certainly can have some effect, particularly if a building owner works with a FAS designer and installing contractor on the facility’s fire protection goals. READ MORE
June 2010
How could maintaining a fire alarm system in a government building possibly be different than a private commercial building? It may not seem obvious, but attempting to maintain a fire alarm system in a government building brings many unique issues into focus. READ MORE