Smoke alarms are necessary, but not at all attractive. That’s why I was thrilled when I stumbled across this adorable little bird that doubles as a smoke alarm.
The Chick-a-Dee is an award winning smoke alarm featuring a bird perched on a branch that serves as a mounting system. The alarm is available in four different styles: black branch with white bird, all white, all pink, or all blue.
The Chick-a-Dee complies with United States, European, and Australian standards for smoke alarm safety. It is a photoelectric (optical) alarm that detects visible particles of smoke.
My understanding is that the Chick-a-Dee smoke alarm can only be purchased online at this time, although it seems to me that the company is working on getting the product available in retail stores.
Regardless of what type of smoke alarm you choose for your home, you need to remember to test it regularly. I grew up being taught that you should change the batteries in your smoke alarm on your birthday. My son, however, brought home a pamphlet from his elementary school suggesting that smoke alarms be tested once per month and have the batteries changed twice per year when daylight savings time begins and ends.
If you want a refresher on basic fire safety, the Fire Safety for Kids website has a bunch of activities you can do with your children to make sure they are prepared in the event of a house fire.
I know none of us like to think of our kids in danger, but spending a few hours talking about fire safety could very well save your son or daughter’s life one day.
Photo credit: Chick-a-Dee