Bird Smoke Detector


Smoke detectors aren’t generally known for their beauty, but we found one that can decorate your home as well as save your life.

As a student in 2006, Louise van der Veld created this Chick-a-Dee ® smoke detector and won a design contest.

“The design,” says Chick-a-Dee’s website, “was selected out of 50 entries sent by industrial designers at universities all over the Netherlands.”

The detector’s look and sound are based on the American Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla), the state bird of Maine and Massachusetts and the provincial bird of New Brunswick in Canada. It’s warning call is a Chickadee sound, the same one the bird makes outdoors. We think this decorative smoke detector “hits” two birds with one stone– it saves lives and looks good.

For more, visit Chick-a-Dee. (In the U.S., see

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