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National Alarm System

Every year, on the first Wednesday in February, all sirens across Switzerland are tested. The aim is to ascertain the operational readiness of both the "General Alarm" and the "Water Alarm" sirens. The population is notified beforehand through announcements on the radio, on TV (see below) and in the press. The general public is not required to adopt a particular behaviour or take protective measures, but simply asked in advance for their understanding of the inconvenience caused by the noise of the sirens.

Further details are available here.

Norms - FM (15221) and Swiss Standards (SIA)

Information about the FM Norms EN 15221 (1 to 7) can be found here. These norms are part of the Swiss Norms.

Information about other specific Swiss Norms can be found here.

The Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA) is a Swiss association for construction, technology and environment specialists. With around 15,000 members from the fields of engineering and architecture, the SIA central aim is to promote sustainable and high-quality design of the built environment in Switzerland. They are responsible for creating the "SIA NORMS" which are specific to Switzerland.