Smoke alarms, which are traditionally functional rather than decorative, are a vital tool to help protect your home and your loved ones. That’s why the Dutch Association of Insurers held a competition to design fun but functional fire prevention solutions.
Chick-A-Dee Smoke Detector
The DAI held the competition with entries from students taking various design courses in the Netherlands. The winning entry, The Chick-a-Dee® by Louise van der Veld is a functioning, figural 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 ® comes in 5 color variations and 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 colorless and odorless 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.
The 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. The batteries are easy to replace.
The Chick-a-Dee smoke detector was specially designed for the Baby and Kids market. The Chick-a-Dee smoke detector is equipped with a 1.5 year battery lifetime and a three-year warranty.
Dimensions: length 17 cm, width 17 cm, height 12 cm
UPDATE: The Chick-A-Dee website and product, as well as The Initiator and Company appear to have gone out of business since we first brought you this post. Sadly, that is the fate of many trendy and unusual products.