It’s Emirati Children’s Day (15th March) and what better way to celebrate your little loved ones than by keeping them safe with these tips by Hanadi Al Yafei, Child Safety Director – at The Supreme Council for Family Affair in Sharjah
Hanadi Al Yafei may well be the director of Vin Sharjah, but these ‘Child safety begins at home’ tips can be applied by parents living anywhere in the UAE, including here in Abu Dhabi. With most of us living in high-rises, these tips really hit the mark:
- Children are curious by nature:
Do not underestimate your child’s mobility levels. Children begin climbing before they can walk and are ever so curious to explore something new. As a child grows and learns new skills, continue to remain alert for new hazards.
- Remove furniture from balconies and windows:
Do not put anything under the window that can be climbed on. Move furniture or planters away from the balcony railings to prevent the risk of a fall. Preferably, keep limited balcony spaces free of furniture.
- Never leave a child unattended:
Supervision is always key to keeping a child safe but remaining vigilant and child-proofing your home are equally important. Be at arm’s length of your kids in the balcony.
- Install window guards and locks:
If you cannot keep your windows and doors to balconies locked always, install window guards and safety guards across entries to balconies as soon as your child begins to crawl. Or opt for window stoppers that limit the distance a window can open. Window screens are not a solution – they DO NOT protect kids from falling through.
- Check the railing’s gaps:
Ensure that distance between railings, and between the bottom rail and floor, are no more than four inches. Anything wider, and a child can easily slip through. Watch out for ladder-like horizontal bars that can be used to climb up and over the top.
- Teach your child about safety:
Talk to your children about the dangers of opening and playing near windows and establish ground rules that balconies are off-limits unless they are with an adult.