We all know about the importance of smoke detectors for fire safety, but for the design conscious, that drab plastic disk can be an eyesore. A Dutch design contest set out to solve this problem by challenging designers to find the perfect balance between eye-candy and life-saving device. Meet the contest winner: the Chick-a-Dee.
Created by Dutch designer, Louise van der Veld, the Chick-a-Dee won the grand prize for its combined functionality and design. Don’t let the cute façade fool you – the Chick-a-Dee is a life-saving machine. At the first sign of smoke the Chick-a-Dee will chirp, and the volume increases with each chirp. If the smoke thickens, the chirp becomes a loud alarm similar to classic smoke detectors.
Expect to see the Chick-a-Dee on American shelves later this year. Until then, you can purchase it for $79 here: www.chick-a-dee.eu.
Don’t wait until your smoke detector starts chirping to think about fire safety. Here are some tips to keep your home and family safe:
Check Your Fire Extinguisher: Once a year, take at a look at your unused extinguisher. If the pressure gauge is green, you’re ready to roll in an emergency. If the gauge falls anywhere else, please service or replace the extinguisher immediately. To learn more, read our To-Do: Inspect Fire Extinguishers.
Practice Escape Routes: Plan and practice two escape routes from each room of your house with your family. Make a game of it, but be sure the kids understand how serious fire can be. Select a meeting place outside of the house where you can reconnect in case of a fire. Read: Teach Your Kids About Fire Safety to learn more fire safety tips.
Test Your Smoke Detectors: If you do nothing else, be sure your smoke detectors are working properly! Press the button (Note: you may need a paper clip). If it goes off, your detector is working. The test usually runs about 30 seconds. If your detector does not work, try putting in new batteries. Repeat the test. To learn more about smoke detectors, read: Test Smoke and CO Detectors.