The Fox 40 Safety Whistle
What makes it unique?
Our icon is the world-renowned FOX 40 pealess whistle. It is in a class all by itself. Why don’t other whistles measure up to the FOX 40? It’s because they use centuries-old technology: a pea or a ball, vibrating against a drum-like cavity to produce sound.
Less powerful sound isn’t the only drawback. Things can stick to the pea—moisture, saliva, dirt, water, even ice in the winter. It doesn’t take much to set the stage for failure: one good blow on the whistle and the pea can jam in the whistle cavity. Even a brand new pea whistle can go totally mute if you blow too hard, as you might in a panicked situation. A jam-up means no vibration, no sound, and no communication.
The ingeniously designed FOX 40 whistle doesn’t use a pea to generate sound. In fact, there are no moving parts whatsoever—nothing to obstruct sound, nothing to stick, freeze, or fail. FOX 40’s patented design moves the air blast through three tuned chambers.
The “pea” in most traditional whistles is made of cork, a material that deteriorates in moisture. FOX 40 whistles are constructed of 100% high-impact ABS plastic, so they are 100% resistant to moisture. Pull a FOX 40 out of the water and its flow-through chambers drain instantly. The whistle is ready to sound immediately without distortion.
Why the whistle?
Sports Officiating Consulting, LLC specializes in assisting officiating departments and organizations in evaluating and improving their officiating programs. Our choice of the FOX 40 whistle as our icon comes as a result of our CEO David Dodge's personal background. In addition to serving as a CEO of a risk management corporation for more than 25 years, he was also an ACC and SEC college basketball referee for three decades. On one occasion, fellow referee Ron Foxcroft observed a foul and tried to blow his whistle, but the pea jammed and no sound came out, much to the displeasure of the players and fans. As a result of that embarrassing failure, Ron designed a special whistle that has no moving parts and thus can never jam. This particular whistle is the way almost all professional referees now manage the risk of whistle failure, hence the tie-in with our mission to encourage ways to manage risks and improve officiating.
Engineered and built with a flawless precision, the FOX 40 Safety Whistle, the same whistle used by sports officials, is used in more than 140 countries and by the US Military. The pealess safety whistle is the ideal safety tool, convenient to carry, easy to use, and reliable—it will never fail. At Sports Officiating Consulting, LLC we care about the personal safety of everyone involved in the officiating industry, including their families. We have selected the FOX 40 Safety Whistle as our icon because the whistle symbolizes safety and security. Carry this whistle on your keychain for use in drawing attention in an emergency.
Bulk quantities of the FOX 40 whistle, customized with your organization’s logo, are available through FOX 40.