Keep kids safe while fuelling up, drivers urged

New video offers parents safety tips while using self-service option at fuel station

A screen grab from the Adnoc video on how to use self- service machines in a safe way while having a child sitting in the car.

Sharjah: A new child safety video offers tips to ensure that children stay safe when parents are refuelling their cars.

Released by the Child Safety Campaign (CSC) in cooperation with ADNOC Distribution, the video offers tips to parents following the June 30 implementation of a new self-service option at the national petrol franchise.

But using the free self-service option can pose dangers for children left unsupervised in the car, while a parent is outside of the vehicle and focused on the fill-up.

The new video, dubbed <Your Child Your Responsibility>, is available on the internet and media channels in the UAE and offers a series of tips.

For example, parents are encouraged to learn how to refuel their cars in advance, to make sure their children are securely fastened in place with a seat belt and to ensure the childlock system is activated.

Parents should also turn off the car engine and, if practical, ensure children are kept busy with an activity.

Hanadi Saleh Al Yafei, head of the CSC organising committee, said in a press release on Wednesday that ensuring children’s safety is paramount. “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,” Al Yafei said.


Safety tips

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 seat belt 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.

– Source: Child Safety Campaign (CSC) 

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