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Norway safety campaigns: nannying, or sound?. Every action has risks and benefits. Sometimes, the dangers are evident; sometimes less so. Every action has risks and benefits. Sometimes, the dangers are evident; sometimes less so. Society often provides warnings and advice. Norway's official tourism guide, Visit Norway, recently began a campaign for taking safe selfies and responsibly exploring Norway's nature. 

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Norway safety campaigns: nannying, or sound?

Published on Friday, 1st July, 2016 at 21:10 under the columns category, by Ilan Kelman.

Every action has risks and benefits. Sometimes, the dangers are evident; sometimes less so.

Handrail and safety
And remember to lift only one foot at a time.Handrail and safety
Photo: Ilan Kelman


Every action has risks and benefits. Sometimes, the dangers are evident; sometimes less so.

Society often provides warnings and advice. Norway's official tourism guide, Visit Norway, recently began a campaign for taking safe selfies and responsibly exploring Norway's nature. 

Is this an overbearing, patronising, nanny state trying to control people's lives regarding the obvious? Or does it represent sensible precautions aimed at people who might not be familiar with everyday dangers in an new environment?

Everyone makes mistakes; everyone has ignorance. Even if we lambaste ourselves for stupidity and foolishness, we frequently simply get it wrong. As attested to by the Darwin Awards, it can be fatal.

Even where common sense appears to be terrifyingly uncommon, should we just sit back and enjoy others' misfortune, hoping that we will never become the one laughed at? Or should we take reasonable measures to provide information which then gives us a choice of using or ignoring it?

The power behind the #BeSafie campaign is not just in its straightforward, sensible, pragmatic messages. It is also about advertising Norway more, encouraging (safe) tourism in Norway, and engaging those who visit the beautiful country.

Yes, there are risks. But they can be easily managed without curtailing enjoyment to gain the benefits--without people hurting themselves or others.

Ilan Kelman is a Reader in Risk, Resilience and Global Health at University College London.



Published on Friday, 1st July, 2016 at 21:10 under the columns category, by Ilan Kelman.

This post has the following tags: safety, mountains, hse, selfies, mountains, paywall.





  
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