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

April 2011
As an electrical contractor who installs fire alarm systems regularly, you likely have experienced costly call backs due to system false alarms. You would expect that, with the new technology available, you would never experience these problems. At least, that is what the fire alarm equipment salesman told you. READ MORE
March 2011
Residential fire deaths lead the total number of deaths caused by fire in the United States. According to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), about 85 percent of all U.S. fire deaths in 2009 occurred in homes, and on average, eight people died in U.S. home fires every day. Most victims of fires die from smoke or toxic gases and not from burns. READ MORE
February 2011
As I have mentioned in this column before, upgrades and renovations to existing fire alarm systems are a consistent opportunity for electrical contractors to find work in this economy. READ MORE
February 2011
As an electrical contractor, you know the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) makes changes to the National Electrical Code every three years. Other codes and standards change on a similar cycle as well. Why is that important? READ MORE
January 2011
I often find contractors misunderstand the installation and application requirements of the codes and standards they are required to follow when performing fire alarm system installations. The problems and mistakes often arise from misinformation they have received from fire officials or from other contractors. READ MORE
December 2010
In my daily work, I come into contact with many electrical contractors. A few of them really stand out. In fact, a select number tend to work on most of our projects. I understand why that happens: The better contractors have learned how to differentiate themselves from the rest of the crowd. READ MORE
December 2010
Most of us in the electrical field are aware of the various codes and standards that affect our installations. We also understand that the technical committees revise the codes on three-year cycles. Other laws and standards change infrequently. Nevertheless, these other laws and standards also affect our fire alarm system installations. READ MORE
November 2010
Conducting a fire alarm system acceptance test in front of a fire official can prove daunting, even when the system passes muster. But doing any form of fire alarm system testing without having the proper tools is downright foolish. The tools needed to properly test a fire alarm system include more than the physical tools or meters. READ MORE
October 2010
Today, casinos are being built nationwide—this construction is not limited to locales in Nevada and New Jersey. However, we still follow fire and building code requirements that were radically changed by deadly fires in Las Vegas casinos close to 30 years ago. The most notable casino fire was, of course, the deadly MGM Grand Hotel and Casino fire on Nov. 21, 1980. READ MORE

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