In our Fogging Mistakes series we look at those times when things haven't quite gone according to plan...
Security fogging devices are highly demonstrable. If a prospective customer wants to see the effect in their premises you can, literally, take a device in, fire it off and see at first hand the obscuring effects. Unfortunately, live demonstrations are not without their problems.
Back in the early 1990s Steve Gilmartin (co-founder of Concept Smoke Screen Ltd and father of current MD Matthew) and I (Carl Gibbard, fogging pioneer and man-about-the-industry) set off to demonstrate Smoke Screen to a gentleman's outfitters in Guildford. It was a miserable day: rain, traffic congestion, all the usual stuff that make car travel in the UK a delight.
We eventually arrived at the shop shortly before closing time. It was now dark outside. Steve and I went through the pre-demo routine of phoning the Fire Service control room to inform them and also the placing of a warning sign outside the shop.
The demo went well and the customer was delighted. A sale looked a foregone conclusion, so Steve and I started to pack up in preparation of leaving.
Suddenly, the front door burst open and in jumped a young woman in a business suit.
"It's OK!" she exclaimed "Don't panic, I've called the Fire Brigade!"
She then introduced herself as an off-duty policewoman who had been drinking in the bar opposite the shop. She had spotted the fog and assumed it was a fire. We explained what we were about, and all seemed well. That's when we heard the sirens.