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

March 2010
Typically, contractors know what codes and standards are in force in their market areas, and if they don’t, they should find out. But often this is limited to the code they use the most, the National Electrical Code (NEC). What is interesting is that most contractors are unsure why it matters which editions of the codes they need to use or which are specifically referenced for their work. READ MORE
February 2010
When placing a new fire alarm system in an educational facility, a contractor may feel frustrated by the requirement to interface nonfire systems. The fire alarm system (FAS) must either monitor or control these nonfire systems. In many such situations, the FAS designer will not have thought through the interface for each nonfire system. The designer leaves it to the contractor to figure it out. READ MORE
February 2010
A recent survey by Campus Safety magazine provides some insight into just how much fire alarm system renovation work could be available for you in 2010. According to the survey, more than half of the college and K–12 school fire safety professionals surveyed stated that systems maintenance represents one of their top four fire-protection challenges. READ MORE
December 2009
Most contractors install strobe lights to comply with the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code by simply using a combination audible-visible appliance everywhere one or the other is shown on the plans. It should be obvious that if you follow this method of “compliance,” you will either have an incorrect number of audible appliances or an incorrect number of visible appliances. READ MORE
December 2009
Most fire protection designers and authorities having jurisdiction place historic buildings in a special class. When the owner of a historic property asks you, as a professional contractor, to provide a fire alarm system, you will need to preserve the historic fabric while protecting it with an appropriately designed fire system. READ MORE
November 2009
Unfortunately, a fire alarm system usually is the last system to be finished and acceptance tested in a newly constructed building. READ MORE
October 2009
Have you ever seen a poor fire alarm system installation? Perhaps the original installer executed an incompetent design, or an incompetent installer poorly installed a proper design. In either case, the bottom line profitability of the installer will suffer. READ MORE
October 2009
We often think about what the building code requires but not about the building occupants where we install a fire alarm system. In a hotel, for example, a large number of people are in unfamiliar surroundings. This fact should be considered when designing or installing a fire system’s notification appliance layout and also how the system is programmed. READ MORE
September 2009
In order for any emergency communications system (ECS) to communicate information properly, it must reproduce the desired messages in a way that the intended listeners will both hear and understand. READ MORE

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