One of the coolest ways to generate a surreal atmosphere and accentuate any lighting effects you may have is to use a fog machine, but as is the case with any sort of electronic device, proper use is essential in order to ensure that everyone has a safe evening. Most of us are guilty of tossing away the instructions with the box when we buy something new. This is actually a huge mistake and by simply taking a few minutes to read the manufacturers instruction, you can save yourself a ton of grief later on. The following are a few fog machine safety tips:
A fog machine used incorrectly can pose a real danger for fire, electrocution, and other potential accidents, so make sure you are aware of all the possible dangers before you even think about plugging it in. When that moment does finally arrive, you will want to be sure that circuit breaker in your home or venue can readily handle the wattage drawn by the fog machine. Overloading your circuit breaker can lead to a potential fire hazard, but there are plenty more issues to be concerned with when it comes to your fog machine.
If you have to use extension cords to plug in your machine, make sure that the cord is places in an area that will not become a tripping hazard. You should also make sure that the cords aren’t allowed to run throw water or snow, and that the machine is in a place where someone can see it at all times.
Without getting into the internal workings of a fog machine, you should be aware that it can get very hot very quickly. That means that you should allow it ample time to cool off after it has been shut down. More importantly, it shouldn’t be placed next to flammable fluids or materials.
You should always check your instruction manual of your fog machine for the correct sort of fluid to be used in your machine. It is a good idea to always stick to the brand of fog fluid recommended by the manufacturer, even if you find another brand at a bargain basement price. Using the wrong type of fluid can potentially damage the fog machine, or worse yet, produce toxic fumes that are a danger to anyone who comes in contact with them. Since the fluid also acts as a coolant and lubricant to the machine, it’s a good idea to check the levels every half hour or so to ensure that the machine doesn’t burn out.
So to recap, my Fog Machine Safety Tips are as follows:
- Before plugging in your Fog machine, ensure that your power socket will not be overloaded reducing the potential of overheating and electrical fire.
- Ensure that any electrical extension cord you use does not cause a tripping hazard and does not cross an area with water or snow.
- Ensure the Fog Machine is allowed to cool down and is not close to any flammable materials or liquid.
- Use the correct Fog Machine liquid as per the manufacturers recommendations. Do not be tempted to make your own as this may produce hazardous fumes.
- Do not run the fog machine when it is empty as this will wear out the unit and cause a potential fire hazard.
Following the few simple fog machine safety steps outlined above will ensure that your fog machine is a fun part of the night rather than something you have to be constantly concerned about. Making sure that all of your electrical pieces are safe will allow you more time to enjoy the Halloween festivities and keep an eye out for the boogeyman.