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Boy on visit falls to death at Sharjah hotel

Afkar Abdullah / 21 April 2012

A five-year-old Kazakhstani boy died on Friday morning after falling from the fourth floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Al Heera area of Sharjah.

The boy was on a visit to the country along with his family, including parents and a sibling. The child was playing without his family’s supervision when he fell at 9am.

The management called the police, who rushed to the scene with an ambulance, rescue unit, CID officials and Anjad patrol. The boy was rushed to Al Kuwaiti Hospital but was already dead.

The police said the boy died of a fractured skull, internal bleeding as well as fractures to other parts of his body.  According to a police official, the number of deaths due to falls from high levels has recently increased and this is the seventh case in two weeks.

When approached for comments, the hotel management told Khaleej Times: “The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group confirms that a boy has fallen to his death today (Friday, 20 April 2012) in the lobby of the Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah. The hotel and regional management immediately informed the authorities and the case is under investigation.

“The hotel and the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group offer any support needed to the authorities .... Our deepest sympathy and condolences go to the boy’s parents and family.” - afkarali@khaleejtimes.com

 

Are you alert enough for your child's safety?

Deaths of and injuries among children, especially toddlers, due to falls and other accidents occur with disturbing regularity which police and health officials say are mostly because of the negligence of their guardiansThree-year-old Arab boy falls to death in SharjahA three-year-old Arab boy fell to death from the window of a 14th-floor apartment in Al Bedayah building on Jamal Abdul Nassar Road around 8.45pm on  December 04, 2011 .

Four-year-oldfalls to death in Sharjah

The four-year-old Emirati boy slipped from the 16th-floor apartment of Al Sundos Tower in Al Mamzar and fell to the balcony of a flat on the 10th floor on November 30, 2011.

Sharjah toddler falls to death from 14th floor

In a second similar case in less than a week, a two-and-a-half-year-old Syrian boy fell to death from a 14th-floor apartment in Al Yarmouk building near Sahara Center in Sharjah on November 24, 2011.

Four-year-old home alone girl falls to death

A four-year-old Arab girl died on the spot after she fell from the balcony of her fifth floor apartment in Al Qasimia area of Sharjah on November 19, 2011.

Double tragedy hits expat family

A heartrending double tragedy struck the Iranian family residing at Apartment 809 in MAG 214 building at Jumeirah Lake Towers on September 27, 2011, when a six-year-old boy and his mother died within minutes of each other.

Four-year-old boy falls from balcony to death

A four-year-old Egyptian boy died on the spot after he fell from the eighth-floor balcony of his building behind GMC Hospital in Al Nuaimia area of Ajman on August 16, 2011.

Toddler falls to death from balcony in Dubai

A one-and-a-half-year-old Pakistani boy fell to death from the fourth-floor balcony of a residential building in Dubai International City on July 29, 2011.

Three-year-old boy falls to death in Ajman

A three-year-old Afghan boy fell to his death from the balcony of his house on the fourth floor of a building in Al Karama area in Ajman April , 4 2011.

Boy Falls to Death in Sharjah

An eight-year-old Jordanian boy died on the spot after falling from the eighth floor balcony of his flat in Hadayeq Al Majaz building in Sharjah on January 6 , 2009.

INCIDENTS IN 2008

A two-year-old Mohmamed Abdullah died in after falling from the balcony of his sixth floor of an apartment on Sharjah Immigration Road on November 17, 2008.A three-month-old Emirati girl succumbed to her injuries after an iron door fell on her in her house in Al Manama area of Ajman on November 13, 2008.A seven-year-old Filipino boy died after falling from the balcony of his seventh-floor house in Al Majaz area of Sharjah in the last week of October, 2008. Investigations revealed that the boy�s parents had locked him inside the flat before going out for work.A five-year-old Pakistani boy died on the spot after falling from the fifth floor of a residential building in Al Sour area of Sharjah around 6.45pm on June 27, 2008. �A toddler left unsupervised for a few moments died after he fell from the balcony of a building in Al Zahra area in Ajman at around 2.30pm on May 2, 2008.A one-and-a-half-year-old Pakistani boy fell to his death from the balcony of his sixth-floor apartment in a building in Al Qasimia area of Sharjah on May 1, 2008. A three-year-old Saudi boy died after he fell from the balcony of his fourth-floor house in Al Qasimia area on April 16, 2008.

 


 Make Your Windows Safe

The Ministry of Interior's Child Protection Centre has suggested five tips to help parents protect children from accidentally falling through. 

Supervise children around windows: Young children need to be supervised when they are around any open window. Parents trust that screens are secure enough to prevent a child from falling out of a window.

The screen only prevents insects from getting into the house. A child who leans against a screen can easily push it out and fall.

Lock windows: Most windows are easy to slide open, even by a toddler. A good habit to develop is to lock a window as soon as it is closed. Locked windows also keep out burglars.

Install window guards: Window guards can be easily installed. Screws are used on either side of the window frame to securely attach the window guards.

The bars are close together which makes it difficult for a child to squeeze through.

However, care has to be taken to purchase guards that have been approved.

Install window stops: Window stops can be placed on the window frame to stop it from opening up to not more than four inches wide. Like window guards, window stops can be purchased at a hardware store or home maintenance centres.

Keep furniture away from windows: A child can push light items over to open a window and look out at what is happening in the outside world. 


 Is your child safe on the balcony? 

Setting firm rules with regard to balcony safety or deck safety are protection for everybody, not just for children. A fall from a balcony even two metres high can be fatal!Often the bars/railings on the balcony or deck are wide apart and it is easy for children to slip through.

The following balcony safety tips should help.

  • Ensure that the balcony access door is securely locked at all times and place the key out of reach of children.
  • Make it a rule that older children do not entertain their friends on the balcony when you are not at home.
  • Make sure there is nothing available for a child to climb up in order to hang over the wall or railings.
  • Check to see if the railings are close enough so that a crawling infant cannot get through. Babies and small children can get through surprisingly small spaces.
  • Secure a safety �fence�, or a sheet of clear perspex along open railings.
  • Place a row of potted plants in window boxes on the inside of the wall or railing to prevent children from hanging over and adults from sitting on the wall.
  • Make sure no one sits on the balcony railing or wall under any circumstances.
  • Make it a point to educate everybody you know about balcony safety.

(Courtesy: Ministry of Interior, Child Protection Centre).

 
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