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

July 2012
The captain of Road Prison 36 in “Cool Hand Luke,” played by Strother Martin, said the line that appears as the title of this article. Here, it leads to a discussion on the art and science of designing an effective communications system. We sometimes feel we haven’t conveyed or received information very well when we install a system and it does not meet the owner’s requirements. READ MORE
June 2012
Sometimes I wonder if contractors read NFPA 72 2010, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, when they decide to begin installing a fire alarm system. Of course, it should not be considered optional. To install a reliable fire alarm system, make a profit and avoid excess liability, it is necessary to read the code. A good dose of experience and common sense doesn’t hurt either. READ MORE
June 2012
During the course of a typical workday, I suspect you design electrical systems. Moreover, when you design those electrical systems, I am sure everything seems to flow easily because you have developed a familiarity with and knowledge of electrical power; NFPA 70, National Electrical Code; and standard installation techniques. READ MORE
May 2012
Some time ago, psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger made an astonishing discovery. “Incompetent people don’t know they are incompetent,” they concluded. It may not be astounding news today, as we often hear, “people don’t know what they don’t know,” but I have never attributed that statement to incompetent people. READ MORE
April 2012
The term “integrated systems” has appeared to some of us in the field to represent secret meaning for saving money by combining systems. Of course, saving money both for the owner and the contractor is not, in itself, a bad thing, but the part of integrated systems that saves money can go south fast if you have not made yourself ready for the challenges of the future. READ MORE
April 2012
Recently, while attending a lunch-and-learn presentation from one of the better local distributors of fire alarm systems, we wound up discussing the quality of fire alarm system submissions from contractors. READ MORE
March 2012
In May of last year, the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland conducted a study to demonstrate the relative performance of smoke detectors and sprinklers in one- and two-family dwellings and apartments, commercial residential (e.g., hotels), and institutional occupancies. READ MORE
February 2012
In a far-less-than-robust economy, we find many owners deferring moving to newly purchased or constructed facilities. Rather, they choose to renovate their existing buildings. Obviously, this process constricts the amount of work available. It places a particular burden on the contractor who has specialized only in new construction. READ MORE
February 2012
Jim Rohn, an American author and motivational speaker, said, “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” Think how that affects all of us in our daily lives. Many of us received some type of formal education, whether in high school, technical school or college. READ MORE

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