We're back! We hope you enjoyed your summer as much as we enjoyed ours :) We'll pick up where we left off with this feature I seem to have neglected but was recently inspired to come back to when I discovered these very interesting smoke alarms. Strange one I know but it's such a good idea! Smoke detectors aren't very nice to look at so why not get yourself a pretty one? It's all in the name of safety you know.
These were designed by Louise van der Veld and inspired by miners and nature.
"Since 1900 birds were used to protect mineworkers from danger. The canary is especially sensitive to dangerous gasses such as carbon monoxide. These gasses are mostly odorless, and have no color and are therefore impossible for humans to detect. Miners took the canaries in a small cage with them down into the mines. The canary whistled and sang the whole day, and was a welcome distraction from the harsh work in the mines. When the canary showed the smallest sign of unrest this was a clear sign for the miners to evacuate the mine as soon as possible. The bird was not only a good means of protection for miner, his presence was pleasant and gave the miners a feeling of safety and therefore formed an integrated part of the life of the miners."
What do you think? They would certainly brighten up your ceilings a lot more than a normal smoke detector.