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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 17 November 2018

Petrol station campaign launched to keep children safe while drivers fill up

Adnoc releases awareness video aimed at protecting children while motorists use self-service

An awareness campaign has been launched to keep young passengers safe while motorists are at the pump. Jack Jabbour
An awareness campaign has been launched to keep young passengers safe while motorists are at the pump. Jack Jabbour

Adnoc has launched a safety drive to ensure children are steered clear of danger while motorists fill up at petrol stations in the UAE.

The fuel distributor, which has more than 360 petrol stations across the UAE, has released a video guide to keep young passengers safe while motorists use the self-service.

The video, using the slogan Your Child Your Responsibility, has been issued in partnership with the Child Safety Campaign (CSC), a subsidiary of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA), and is available on social media platforms in the UAE.

The video guide advises parents and other drivers with children in their care to follow their four-point guide.

Motorists are told to:

1. Learn in advance how to refuel your vehicle, or ask a member of staff for help.

2. Make sure your child is secure with the seatbelt fastened.

3. Ensure that the childlock system on the vehicle doors is activated and turn off the engine completely while refuelling. Have the windows slightly open for ventilation.

4. Keep your children engaged in a suitable activity. Keep an eye on them to ensure their safety.

Adnoc fuel stations in Abu Dhabi began rolling out a trial self-serve system in April, with the programme being implemented across its sites in the capital permanently in June.

Drivers now have to refuel their own car or pay for assistance from an attendant.

Those opting for the premium service have to pay Dh10 for assistance from attendants to refuel their vehicles. They also have their windshields cleaned and tyre pressure checked and receive rewards that can be redeemed through their receipt.

Hanadi Saleh Al Yafei, Department Director of SCFA and Head of the Organising Committee of CSC, said: “Our objective is to safeguard children from any risk or danger, which can be successfully implemented only when we have secured all of their access points through strong partnerships with entities across the UAE. All our efforts and initiatives are aimed at disseminating awareness guidelines for the protection of children, parents and members of society in general.

"Ensuring children’s safety everywhere and at all times is a shared responsibility, which must be fulfilled not only by their parents but child-centred institutions and everyone else in society. We need to double our efforts to educate people on safety guidelines, especially with busy working parents.”

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Read more:

Self-service petrol: a third of drivers opt to pump their own rather than pay an attendant in trial

Pump your own or pay: Abu Dhabi petrol stations to roll out serving fee

Self-service trial at Abu Dhabi petrol stations extended beyond Ramadan

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