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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Dubai Police save two children from locked cars two days in a row

The incidents prompted fresh warnings to the public not to leave their children in cars, even momentarily

Dubai Police have issued fresh warnings against parents and guardians leaving children alone vehicles after police rescued two children from parked cars two days in a row.

Police freed a boy who locked himself in a car in Al Warqa and on the following day rescued a child in a car in Mirdif who had been forgotten by his parents.

The warning was also prompted by a string of prior incidents this year.

This month, a six-year-old Emirati girl suffocated in Abu Dhabi after being forgotten in a car for six hours.

Weeks before Ajman Civil Defence had to force open a car door to rescue a baby from his father’s locked vehicle.

In June, two young sisters suffocated in their father’s car in the mid-afternoon heat after they climbed into the car while playing in the garden at their home and couldn’t escape. Their father had gone to perform noon prayers.

“It’s extremely dangerous to leave a child alone inside a vehicle. It may lead to suffocation and children may play with vehicle’s tools,” said Brig Saeed Haman bin Sulaiman, director of Rashidiya police station.

Brig bin Sulaiman honoured the two policemen for their quick response and professionalism.