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

September 2012
From talking to electrical contractors lately, I know it’s still tough to get profitable work in the current economy. However, I also find most of the contractors who have prepared well for such a poor economic situation are maintaining a substantial workload. READ MORE
August 2012
I often get calls from professional contractors who have become involved in design/build electrical projects that include the design and installation of fire alarm systems. The reasons for the calls vary, but most are born of surprise and frustration. READ MORE
August 2012
In the January 2012 issue of Campus Safety Magazine, Robin Hattersley-Gray reported from a 2011 survey stating that “more than half of university, hospital and K–12 school district fire protection professionals rate system maintenance (57 percent) and false alarms (53 percent) as two of their top four campus fire protection concerns.” She also reported that these numbers represent an increase over READ MORE
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
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
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
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

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