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Don’t you really hate those ugly smoke detectors that you have to install in your home? What if they were, um, cute? Check out this adorable detector called the Chick-a-Dee.

The description from the website that sells them:

Smoke alarms, which are traditionally functional rather than decorative, are a vital tool to help protect your home and your loved ones. By the end of 2006, the Dutch Association of Insurers held a competition to design fire prevention solutions, with entries from students taking various design courses in the Netherlands. The Chick-a-Dee by Louise van der Veld was the winning entry!

The Chick-a-Dee is an incredibly lovely smoke alarm in the shape of a bird. The bird is perched on a branch, which also serves as a mounting system. The Chick-a-Dee can easily be fitted to the ceiling.

The Chick-a-Dee design is based on the clip-on birds one often sees as decorations on Christmas trees. The designer chose this shape because birds have always been known for their warning calls. It is a well-known fact that that birds warn each other of danger by calling loudly. In the previous century, miners used to take canaries in small cages with them into the mine, because these birds are sensitive to poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide. These gases are both colourless and odourless and can hardly be sensed by man. As soon as the canaries showed even the slightest sign of distress (by no longer singing and chirping) it was a clear signal to evacuate the mine as quickly as possible. The bird’s presence gave the miners both a secure and pleasant feeling.

Your Chick-a-Dee takes its name and appearance from the American Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla). This name is a tribute to its warning call, the phonetic Chickadee sound. At the smallest threat, the bird calls chick-a-dee-dee, and in more serious circumstances, the call becomes a loud dee-dee-dee sound. As soon as smoke is detected a 85 db alarm signal is activated. The alarm signals that the battery is dead by playing by playing the alarm signal. Under normal conditions, a control light flashes once a minute. The Chick-a-Dee can be tested by pressing the test button. Battery is included and easy to replace.

Buy one for 50€ at http://charlesandmarie.com/een/chickadee-smoke-detector

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