Hazard level 5!


This summer is everywhere extremely hot. Also in the “moderate” Swiss these last months have dramatically shown high temperatures well over 30°C and basically no rain.
A lot of countries in the northern hemisphere are literally burning, devastated by severe fires.

The same risk is present also in the small Confederation. Therefore the population shall be diligently informed by all possible means.
One simple way is by attaching small A4 panels with rubber tape at any bus stop, reminding the people that the “fire hazard level” is 5 (out of 5)! There is absolute fire prohibition from the 30th July 2018 at 17:00! Special behaviours shall be observed concerning open fires in the forests or BBQ equipment: simple safety rules pointed out in an easy, graphical and colourful way.
Even if the panel is not so big, you are attracted by such strange announcement and… you cannot help but reading it!

Simple and practical!
That’s Switzerland, that’s the safe way to prevent dangerous fires in a very dry summer season!

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Scary!

2016-09-22-16-19-30Introduction:
A flyer was spread in front of the school of a neighbouring village by the school director.
Two men driving a white van tried to “invite” a boy on their van and bring him home…
For sure accepting that invitation would have been very dangerous!
Fortunately the boy shouted and run away.

Development:
All the parents of the surrounding villages (including us) received somehow the flyer…it started circulating in a very fast way.
Everyone was worried.

Calling the law:
The police was informed by the school of their initiative of distributing such flyer.

Reaction of the police:
As reported by the Aargauer Zeitung (http://www.aargauerzeitung.ch/aargau/zurzach/wollten-zwei-maenner-einen-buben-entfuehren-kantonspolizei-aargau-warnt-vor-hysterie-130589868), the main newspaper of Canton Argovia), the official speaker of the Kantonspolizei Aargau stated that it is important to report such cases to the parents, school and finally to the police, BUT there is no need to become too fearful!
In fact:
– every year 60-80 similar events occur…
– in the last 20 years no kid was kidnapped in the Canton…
– once a girl simulated a similar event not to go to school…
– often people with mental problems (not necessarily dangerous) are approaching the kids in that way…

Moral:
“BUT it is not necessary to become too fearful”.
What?
As you see… there is something Swiss… something skeptical in all of this, isn’t it?
How would have the police reacted in your country? What would have the police done in your country?

In this case there should be no BUT!
That sense of confidence that let Swiss think that, just because we are in the Confederation, nothing bad can happen…
This is quite SCARY!