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ACME Company markets themselves as the worlds biggest and finest selection of professional whistles. They guarantee that every ACME whistle is individually tested and guaranteed. This indicates that the whistle is a tool for producing a very high decibel level. Whistles are used by referees to officiate sporting matches. The ACME thunderer whistle is widely used for sports such as touch football, rugby league, basketball, hockey, ice hockey, soccer and numerous other games. It is used mainly because of its design that allows the user to create a deep, low-pitch shrill that can be heard from hundreds of meters away. Many types of whistles exist, from small police whistles and sports whistles (also called pea whistles), to much larger train whistles, which are steam whistles specifically designed for use on locomotives and ships. Police whistles fell into disuse in many countries in 1969, when early hand-held radios were brought into service. With the rise of the motor car, the whistle was no longer usefully audible in urban areas. The whistle is still used by some police forces today, and engraved ceremonial versions are sometimes presented to police officers upon occasions such as their retirement. Whistles are often used as warning devices or as safety devices serving to attract attention to the user. Some cyclists use a whistle as a substitute for a bell or horn. Rescue or survival whistles are often packed in survival kits and attached to personal flotation devices to allow a victim to signal for help. The whistle is audible at much greater distances than the human voice, and is less likely to cause exhaustion if used repeatedly. Whistles are used by referees to officiate sporting matches. It is said that the whistle was first used to stop a sports match by William Atack in an 1884 game of rugby in New Zealand. Before that game referees used their voices to control play. Whistles have been used as an alarm or attention-getting instrument by all manner of industries, sports and revelers. Many of our whistles come with a small hole at the end of the whistle so you can attach your whistle to a key ring holder or a strap that goes around the neck.