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Safety in balconies: 7 tips to avoid accidents

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Published on May 20, 2020 at 13.13

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Although a balcony can be a relaxing spot in the house to unwind after a hectic day, it is also one place prone to most accidents, especially, if used carelessly.   (Supplied photo)
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Highlighting this, the Sharjah Municipality shared a post on Twitter urging residents and parents to pay heed to important tips to avoid accidents caused by misuse of balconies. (Photo by Shihab/KT)
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They also urged parents to not leave children alone or unattended at home, as it has been reported a major cause of children falling off balconies.  (Photo by Shihab/KT)
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Apart from the accidents, shabby balconies are an eyesore, spoiling aesthetic appearance of our city. The Sharjah Municipality has listed out tips to ensure safety of children and avoid fires.  (Photo: Shihab/KT)
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Balcony blunders to avoid mishaps

1. Do not keep miscellaneous stuff on the balcony as children may climb them or fires break out, let alone distorting the overall appearance.
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2. Do not place chairs or pieces of furniture on the balcony as children may climb up to the balcony wall level or higher. 
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3. Only leave the balcony door open when needed to avoid children going to the balcony without supervision. 
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4. Make sure you have a safety lock on your balcony door.
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5. Think of installing an acrylic barrier on the balcony wall after obtaining the municipality’s permit.
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6. Do not keep laundry on the balcony to avoid distorting the overall appearance. 
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7. Do not throw cigarettes butts, charcoal or any other waste from the balcony to avoid causing fires or distorting the overall appearance.
 
 
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