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

June 2004
A little planning can go a long way In new building construction, electrical contractors most often have the task of installing the fire alarm system. Generally, the fire alarm system does not represent a significant portion of the overall electrical quote. And, unfortunately, a common result is that these systems do not get the attention they deserve. READ MORE
May 2004
More homeowners want CO detectors installed Smoke detection in the home has saved numerous lives and is now a normal part of every electrical contractor’s commercial installation package. However, carbon monoxide detector installations present a new opportunity for electrical contractors serving the residential market. The danger of carbon monoxide poisoning has increased over the last few years. READ MORE
April 2004
Is high-tech better? Fire alarm system technology seems to be developing faster each day. It wasn’t that many years ago when an electrician treated a fire alarm system just like any other electrical system he or she had to install. Each detection device, whether a manual fire alarm box or an automatic detector like a smoke detector, was wired just like a simple switch. READ MORE
March 2004
Estimation, training and planning put you in the black What helps make your electrical contracting business profitable? Is it your estimating prowess? Is it your ability to buy your project equipment at the best price and sell it at a good profit? Is it your ability to find and keep good people? Is it because you maintain a high level of training, both for yourself and your employees? READ MORE
February 2004
Many electrical contractors will attest to the fact that fire alarm systems offer a nice addition to their primary electrical business. Most can also tell a horror story or two about the number of costly and unpaid service calls due to false alarms from fire alarm systems. READ MORE
January 2004
Owners often contact contractors to install fire alarm systems in existing buildings. And, just as often, the Code does not require these installations. Rather, the building owner simply wants a fire alarm system installed for his or her own peace of mind. The owner usually wants the system because of his or her desire to meet building or life safety protection goals. READ MORE
December 2003
When considering the various financial institutions we personally deal with each day, such as banks and investment corporations, we immediately think of how much security is involved to protect the financial assets held in, or controlled by the institution. READ MORE
November 2003
Tall buildings require different systems than “standard” buildings. This is true for fire alarm systems as well as electrical systems. So what defines a “tall” building? READ MORE
October 2003
Retail stores or “mercantile” properties, as defined by the various building codes, include everything from small mom-and-pop stores in free-standing buildings to multiple stores in a strip mall, from large, enclosed malls to big-box stores selling books, hardware or whatever. Each of these facilities presents different fire alarm system challenges. READ MORE