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

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
October 2005
The U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts a 23 percent increase in new job opportunities for electricians by 2012. Assuming you have the skill level of an apprentice, journeyman or master electrician and you desire to work at keeping your competency at an acceptable standard, you should not have to worry about job placement over the next seven years. READ MORE
September 2005
Professional contractors normally develop their marketing expertise with their technical expertise. Typically, a contractor’s marketing experience comes from observation of successful marketing techniques. This works well for the contractor’s base market of electrical contracting, but what about growing other niche markets like fire alarm system installations? READ MORE
August 2005
The Technical Committees that oversee the development of the National Fire Alarm Code, NFPA 72-2006, have started the cycle for processing proposed changes. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has published its “Report on Proposals.” This document contains approximately 650 proposals that relate to suggested changes to the next edition of the code. READ MORE
July 2005
When did your company last integrate a fire alarm system with another building-control or security system? Most electrical contractors would find it hard to answer that question. In fact, most would likely answer, “Never!” In the past, the fire alarm system industry has resisted integration with other protection or building-management systems. READ MORE
June 2005
Delayed notification is a major factor of fire-related deaths in the United States. In most cases, the building occupants did not hear the audible alarms in the building or failed to understand the voice message instructions proved by the fire alarm voice communication system. Many contractors already understand the audibility requirements of the National Fire Alarm Code. READ MORE
May 2005
For approximately 40 years, unprotected or improperly protected penetrations have presented a subject of much concern to the fire-protection community. In 1996, an electrical fire occurred at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The arriving firefighters discovered several fires had broken out in five remote locations, filling many different areas of the building with smoke. READ MORE