The number of accidents – mostly in the Arab-Israeli population but also among
Jews – from children falling from high places or being run over by vehicles
moving in reverse – is worrying Beterem, the National Center for Child Safety
Recently, a baby girl from Tira in the Galilee Triangle was
run over by a family member outside their home.
Orly Silbinger said on Wednesday that drivers have to constantly be aware of the
blind spot around their vehicles that cannot be seen in the rearview and side
mirrors or even with the naked eye.
Usually the victims are aged five and
under who cannot be seen because of their height. In 2012, six children were run
over and killed by cars that backed up near their homes.
been hurt because a parent or other close relative left the house and the child
followed. The driver had been unaware that the child had left the house because
there was no barrier that prevented him reaching the vehicle. The driver backed
up, and if he didn’t have a sensor that identifies people or objects in the way,
he runs them over.
According to Beterem, 16 percent of children under the
age of 14 who are hurt in road accidents are run over in Arab settlements when
the driver goes into reverse; this compares to 6% of children the same age in
mixed Jewish- Arab towns and cities.
In Arab areas, driveways are often
part of of courtyards where children play.
This kind of accident is more
common in villages than in cities, the NGO said.
Beterem recommends that
residents of areas where such accidents are common fence in gardens and
courtyards to prevent children from reaching the parking space. Children should
not be allowed to play in the parking area, which should be at a distance from
the area where children play. Youngsters should be taught never to spend time in
areas used for parking, it said.
It added that parents should supervise
young children and know where they are at all times. When a driver wants to exit
the parking lot, call another adult to make sure that all the children are in a
Young children should be held. Sensors to alert drivers to
obstacles should be installed in every vehicle.
Falling from high places
occurs in Arab as well as Jewish areas, said Silbinger, referring to a recent
case of a boy in Modi’in who fell from a window. In 2012, five children died
from such falls, while in the past five years, 29 children met their deaths in
Such accidents can be prevented easily by installing vertical
bars on windows or preventing windows from opening up to the point that a child
can climb and fall through. The maximum opening should be just 10 centimeters.
There are now laws requiring the installing of metal bars on windows in homes to
prevent falling, she added.
Screens prevent insects from entering, but
they are not strong enough to prevent falls, said Beterem.
such as beds, chairs and chests of drawers so children don’t climb on them to
reach the window.
Never let children play on windowsills or on stairs or
on the roof even with rails unless they are continuously supervised by an adult.
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