Khidmah introduces programme for children's safety
The programme aims to enhance safety measures in residential properties and communities, helping parents to better protected their children.
Khidmah, an Abu Dhabi-based property and facility management firm, has recently announced the implementation of a scheme promoting children’s safety in residential properties and communities.
The new initiative aims to tackle safety hazards and risk associated with accidental deaths of minors in swimming pools.
According to findings produced by the IFM provider, the second most common cause of accidental death for children in the UAE is drowning. Often enough the fault lies with the parent or guardian, who through negligence have left their child unsupervised in the swimming pool at home.
Commenting on the issue, Nicole Oliveira, Health & Clubhouse Manager at Khidmah LLC, shared: “Swimming pools don’t have to be deep, many people underestimate what a great risk they can pose; especially to children, but there have also been cases of adults swimming alone who have drowned in recent years in UAE swimming pools.”
She added: “In a country where almost every apartment block has a swimming facility, it’s imperative that developers and property managers invest in this service. We are happy to work with conscious developers such as Aldar who appreciate that placing an untrained person on a pool just isn’t good enough and who demand high quality and regularly trained staff.”
As part of latest initiative, Khidmah has incorporated elements of its previous First Aid scheme launched in 2012 to help train parents and nannies. To date, the First Aid scheme has completed training for 422 of its own personnel and 122 external staff. The scheme has also conducted safety seminars as part of contracts with external corporations.
The IFM provider has also delivered First Aid training in its managed clubhouses, which includes training certifications, as well as equipping clubhouses with automated external defibrillators and trauma kits.
The latest scheme will include a component that promotes water safety awareness amongst minors. Aptly titled Rookie Lifeguard Course, children aged between nine and 16 years old will be taught valuable health and safety skills from professional lifeguards employed by the IFM provider.
“We are now an internationally certified company in water safety training, and we have trained more than 70 lifeguards, one of our goals is to enhance children’s skills in water lifesaving to develop their feeling of responsibility in critical situations,” explained Oliveira.
“The program will offer the opportunity to learn skills such as how to enjoy the beach safely, ocean and wave education, area familiarity, first aid & CPR, water rescue techniques, the importance of keeping physically fit, and other topics related to lifeguarding.”