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Fog Technology Effective, But Safety Concerns Linger

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PASCO, Wash.--Fog is being used to stop thieves. Here's how it works, a motion sensor first detects someone breaking in. Within a few seconds, they're swallowed up by the fog.

They can't see anything. Pasco Fire Marshal, Mitch Nickolds, thinks having this installed in your home is probably a better fit than a business.

"There are particular locations where this wouldn't be suited, especially if its an area where you've got a lot of people gathered for any type of event where you might create a mass hysteria as a result," mentions Nickolds.

An executive with Moon Security in Pasco, Michael Miller will soon serve as incoming president of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA). He says fog is an effective tool, but it raises concerns.

Miller says you don't want emergency officials getting into a scenario they are not trained to handle.

"We don't want a police agency or a fire agency coming to a situation where they think there's a fire and find out that they're walking into a burglary," says Miller.

Fog technology is usually found in larger metropolitan cities. With the Tri-Cities continuing to grow, Nickolds says we could see this in our area in the future. If that happens, we'll likely need another system to guide us.

"There will be a voice-activated recording triggered at the same time the alarm is activated to give people exiting direction, exiting strategy and to even identify locations of particular threats," says Nickolds.