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

May 2013
I wasn’t the best student when I entered school, but once my first-grade teacher spoke to my mother, I really started to pay attention. Today, I thank that teacher—and my mom—for setting me straight.
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April 2013
I recently realized that our failure to properly train fire alarm system technicians has created a group of workers who simply do not understand the reasons they do what they do. When a technician asks for the rationale behind a procedure, we often respond, “Because the code requires it.”
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April 2013
The fire alarm systems industry has changed considerably over the years. Many old-timers can remember a fire alarm system that only detected a fire and sounded an alarm. Nonfire alarm systems did not interface with these fire alarm systems. They consisted of a simple relay-based control system with detection devices and horns or bells for notification. READ MORE
March 2013
Oscar Wilde, the Irish poet and novelist, wrote, “Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” Although I like this statement, I get a little nervous when a fire alarm system contractor smiles and says, “Boy, do I have a lot of experience!” Let’s face it. We all make mistakes, and many of us feel that, if we did not make some mistakes, we would make little progress. READ MORE
March 2013
A contractor installed a new fire alarm system in a college dormitory and asked the owner, “How thoroughly do you want me to test the fire alarm system?” I was there to witness the system’s pre-acceptance test before we called the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) to arrange for the final acceptance test. Frankly, the question momentarily stunned me.
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February 2013
In these difficult economic times, we see much more renovation than new construction. Generally, when an owner renovates a building, the work will more than likely affect the fire alarm system coverage or operation.
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January 2013
Although the 2013 edition of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code contains 15 chapters and nine annexes, I find many contractors, designers and authorities having jurisdiction reference only one or two chapters when deciding what requirements will affect their fire alarm system design, installation or approval. I call this “using the code in a vacuum.”
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December 2012
While the economy takes its time turning around, each day I see more fire alarm system upgrades to replace obsolete equipment. On almost every project, I find the owner promoting a common thread. Simply put, he or she wants to know what can be done to fix the existing system with the least capital investment. READ MORE
December 2012
We all know the guy in the Verizon Wireless ads moving around with his cell phone, asking: “Can you hear me now?” READ MORE

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