Parental neglect behind cases of children’s fall from balconies, windows of buildings, say Abu Dhabi Police

Parents, negligence, child fall deaths, Abu Dhabi Police

Abu Dhabi - Police advise families against keeping furniture or toys near windows to reduce the risk of children climbing over them.

Published: Sat 20 Jun 2020, 4:00 PM

Last updated: Sun 21 Jun 2020, 8:15 AM

Parental negligence is a primary reason behind incidents of children falling to their deaths from windows and balconies, the Abu Dhabi Police have reiterated. Parents failing to take preventive measures or ensuring supervision of children at all times lead to such accidents, the police said on Saturday.

The force has urged parents and guardians to install protective devices such as window restrictors and keep balconies locked. The keys must be kept in a secure place that children can't reach.
The police also advised families against keeping furniture or toys near windows to reduce the risk of curious children climbing over them to see what's happening on the streets below.
"We also urge families to not let children play near windows and balconies. The safety of children at home is the responsibility of parents and a moment of negligence could lead to falls that could prove fatal," the police warned.
Authorities in the UAE have on multiple occasions highlighted the need for responsible supervision and shared statistics that prove that negligence is one of the biggest reasons behind such fatal accidents.
In May, a grade 12 student who was reportedly playing football with his brother in his balcony in Dubai, fell to death.
On March 10, a six-year-old autistic boy fell to death from the 11th floor of his family apartment in Sharjah after he climbed a chair kept near an open window. 

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