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

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
September 2010
Inevitably, when I am in the field, a contractor will ask what code he or she should follow. Generally, the question stems from a previous surprising experience of the contractor when he or she discovered that some portion of a job did not comply with one of the applicable codes that the jurisdiction adopted. READ MORE
August 2010
The very nature of design/build projects requires you to participate in the design process. You may even feel comfortable with assisting in this process. However, these types of projects come with increased responsibility. With most design/build projects, the owner will ask you for your opinion. READ MORE
August 2010
For many reasons, public spaces can prove difficult to protect with security systems as well as with fire detection and alarm systems. In many cases, historic buildings present an array of specific design and installation issues. These include the importance of not allowing the installation of the fire alarm or security system to destroy the historic fabric of the building. READ MORE
July 2010
One of the first things you discover when reading NFPA 72 (2010), the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, is the interdependence of the chapters. For example, you will find the application, installation and performance requirements for emergency communications systems and their components in Chapter 24. But by itself, this chapter does not cover every aspect of installing such systems. READ MORE

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