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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 March 2019

RAK to carry out inspections following girl's fall from 10th floor window

The emirate will also carry out awareness campaigns after the one-year-old fell

Leen Farghali fell from the 10th floor of an apartment block last week. 
Leen Farghali fell from the 10th floor of an apartment block last week. 

Ras Al Khaimah Civil Defence will conduct safety checks on windows across the emirate after a 19-month-old toddler plunged from the 10th floor of a residential building last week.

Leen Farghali suffered severe injuries after falling from the living room window of her family's apartment and landing on the windscreen of a car parked below.

Doctors believe the vehicle broke her landing and may have saved her life.

Brig Gen Mohammed Al Zaabi, director of the Department of Civil Defence in Ras Al Khaimah, said that the window the girl fell from did not meet minimum safety requirements.

Windows should open outward from the top and not from the bottom, according to the regulations. Sliding windows that can open should not be located at a height of less than 86.5cm from the floor and should not open more than 10cm.

Inspection and regulation awareness campaigns will be arranged over the next few days.

Nineteen balcony and window-related deaths were recorded over the past few years in the UAE, according to figures used in the safety code, because of parental and guardian negligence.

Children, special-needs people, mentally challenged, mentally unstable and elderly people should not be left unattended and unsupervised near balconies, windows, railings or terraces, the code says.

Jamila Khalil, a 39-year-old Syrian mother of three, said that she always keeps a safety lock on the windows and the balcony door.

"We live on the fifth floor and the windows can be easily opened by anyone. The first thing I did when I moved to the apartment is to place safety locks on all of them," said Ms Khalil, who lives in Al Nakheel.

Ms Khalil said that her children, aged between three and 10, are well aware of the risks that "it's better to be safe than sorry".

"I keep telling them what will happen if they look down from the window or go out to the balcony by themselves," she said.

Updated: February 26, 2019 08:39 AM

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