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#1 G McMahon

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 01:02 PM

Hello all,

Is it possible to use haze in a unit which you can't turn off smoke alarms? Would hate to get the fire trucks turning up.

Thanks,
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#2 Matt Pacini

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 03:08 PM

Good luck.
I shot a scene in the Auburn California courthouse, fogged the room, and it was a disaster.
Lucky for me, the sprinklers didn't go off, because we were in a museum room with priceless guns, 1800's ledgers, etc.
Everyone in the entire courthouse had to be evacuated.
To make matters worse, nobody had the key to shut the alarms off, and yes, the fire engines showed up.
Luckily, it's a small town, and everyone took in in good humor, which surprised me.
It was just your basic small "Dj style" fog machine.

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#3 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 03:10 PM

The sprinklers wouldn't have gone off since there wasn't any heat being produced.

But you can always smother the "alarm sniffers" with saran wrap or something.

Edited by Jonathan Bowerbank, 08 February 2007 - 03:13 PM.

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#4 Chris B. Cornell

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 03:22 PM

The sprinklers wouldn't have gone off since there wasn't any heat being produced.

But you can always smother the "alarm sniffers" with saran wrap or something.


NO! This is illegal and this is a sure-fire way to piss off the owner of a location, cost you tens of thousands in fines and endanger the lives of everyone in the location. As he said, most auto sprinklers detect heat, so just watch where you set your lights. Be safe.
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