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

June 2006
In most fire alarm system installations, electrical contractors simply follow the specifications and drawings developed by an engineer. Many professional contractors, however, have developed an alarm division where they employ sales staff and system designers to seek out and meet the fire alarm system needs of prospective clients. In either case, knowledge of the applicable codes is important. READ MORE
May 2006
Over the last few years, there has been confusion over which laws or codes apply to the audible and visible notification appliances. The confusion has been so great that there are some fire officials who believe it is their duty to enforce the requirements of a law that does not grant them the authority. The law I am referring to is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). READ MORE
April 2006
Contractors who have developed their fire alarm system maintenance and testing business and specialize in the retrofit markets have already seen the financial benefits associated with these specialized businesses. However, these contractors may not be familiar with the requirements in NFPA 72-2002 regarding system impairments. READ MORE
March 2006
“We can’t occupy our building?” This is not a question that an experienced electrician wants to hear. But, I am sure many of you have heard that question directly or worked for a project manager who has. All too often I have seen a highly competent electrical team plan its electrical installation in clear and concise detail but perform the fire alarm system installation the “old” way. READ MORE
February 2006
I enjoy working in the field. Providing construction oversight services for our clients gives me the opportunity to see the results of our designs and evaluate whether the contractors clearly understood our specifications. At other times, I assist the owner as a liaison between the contractors and the code-enforcement officials during the final approval stages of a project. READ MORE
February 2006
Sept. 11, 2001, changed our lives forever. Since then, we have experienced additional security measures in all areas of our lives. According to the 9/11 Commission Report, “Private-sector preparedness is not a luxury; it is a cost of doing business in the post-9/11 world. READ MORE
January 2006
“I always do class A work!” That was the answer I got when I asked the fire alarm system contractor whether or not he had wired the system in a Class A fashion. Although he was attempting to mechanically install the system in a quality—or using his term, “Class A”—fashion, the answer didn’t specifically ensure that it was done that way, making his response the wrong answer. READ MORE
December 2005
Many professional contractors called to provide a fire alarm system in either a new or existing building have heard the owner exclaim, “I just want to meet code!” Most building owners (especially those not knowledgeable in the code process) have made the assumption that if they instruct you to “just meet code,” they will not pay a lot of money for their fire alarm system. READ MORE
November 2005
In the chaos of finishing a large electrical project on time, it can be difficult to focus on commissioning the fire alarm system. This helps ensure the reliability of the system “after installation by identifying problems and providing a baseline of values for comparison with subsequent tests,” according to the Department of the Army Technical Manual. READ MORE

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