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

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
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
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
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
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