UAE Official: Owners, residents responsible for child safety
A senior official from Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council emphasised the role of stakeholders in ensuring child safety and fall prevention
A senior official from Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (Abu Dhabi QCC) reiterated the importance of using certified window protection and fall prevention devices to boost child safety in the UAE capital.
QCC launched the Window Safety Fixtures Certification Scheme through Decree No. 24 of 2012, issued by the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs.
Commenting on the scheme, Abdullah Hassan Al Muaini, executive director of conformity scheme services at QCC, said the programme is part of the organisation's "sustained drive" to prevent accidents involving children.
He continued: "Child safety is a shared responsibility, and the enforcement of fall prevention regulations rests with building owners, landlords, and residents themselves.
"We urge building owners and residents seeking to ensure the safety of their villas or apartments to contact QCC for advice on how to select the correct window safety device, or how to test the devices installed in their homes.
"Alternatively, they can visit the QCC online database of certified window safety fixtures," Al Muaini added.
"The council has placed extreme importance in enhancing local testing capabilities to ensure installed window safety devices perform properly and are fail-proof."
The decree requires building owners to install approved fall prevention devices on all windows and openings leading outdoors, where falls can occur.
QCC's product conformity assessment programme aims to ensure the quality of all devices that restrict the opening distance of windows to a maximum of 10cm.
Between 2014 and 2017, QCC conducted market surveillance activities to assess the performance of window safety devices in laboratory conditions, as well as upon installation in Abu Dhabi’s residential towers.
"The council identified multiple examples of inappropriate or unsafe devices being used to secure windows, such as door chain locks that can be easily disengaged by a child and are prone to rusting when exposed to the humid, salty air in Abu Dhabi," WAM reported.