UAE | General

Boy dies after fall from third floor

Keep all windows secure by keeping furniture away

  • By Abdullah Rasheed, Abu Dhabi Editor
  • Published: 23:30 January 25, 2013
  • Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: A five-year old Palestinian boy has died after he fell from the third floor of his Khalidiya street apartment on Friday morning. Speaking to Gulf News, the boy’s parents said that initially their son was “hospitalised in the Shaikh Khalifa Medical City’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after having suffered from severe injuries.”

But a few hours after the incident, the boy died at about 7pm at the hospital

The child was at his parents’ house in an apartment on the third floor when he fell from an open, unguarded window and on to the ground, as Major General Nasser Salem Al Nuaimi, chairman of the Higher Committee for Child Protection at the Ministry of Interior, explained. He was in critical condition as a result of the fall.

A comprehensive patrol was sent to the scene of the accident as soon as the police in Khalidiya received note of it. The patrol examined the area and early forensics proved that the child had indeed fallen from a window even though his parents had ensured all other windows were shut and secure.

The Abu Dhabi Civil Defence urged all parents to pay close attention to their children and not to neglect any locks that need repair. A Civil Defence official told Gulf News that regulations prevent parents from having open windows while children are staying at their home. “We force building owners in Abu Dhabi to install (windows closers) which keep the windows secured and not allow them to be opened more than 10 cm maximum”.

Brigadier Maktoum Al Sharifi, director of the Capital Police Directorate, advised parents and care takers to keep all windows secure by keeping furniture away from them and not to rely solely on nannies and domestic workers for their children’s care. Al Sharifi added that being watchful and mindful of children’s behaviour is a full time responsibility which should be prioritised over any other tasks.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 17:05 January 26, 2013

    May the almighty gives the parents strength to bear the loss of their beloved child. Every time when such accident happens, even the authorities warn the parents not to leave the children alone, but it still it happens, it all because of the human negligence. There is no point to blame the authorities or the building owners, it is our extra responsibility to take care our children. Even today in the morning I have witnessed three young children are at eight th floor peeping out from the balcony and there was no one to look after. I request every parents to make sure that some one is there always with them.

    Jabeen khan, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 11:24 January 26, 2013

    may Allah SWT give patience to his parents, and everyone should be very alert.

    Ali, Dubai, India

  3. Added 09:44 January 26, 2013

    There should be grills or any other safety devices on balconies to avoid such incidents. As many of us here in the UAE are always busy at work, we have to take 100% precautions to avoid such things.

    Waqar Ali, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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