Gulf Today

Lighting fireworks without permit punishable act

- Mohammed Alaa, Staff Reporter

ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Police have warned the public against using fireworks during Eid Al Adha celebratio­ns. The police have urged parents to advise their children against buying them to spare them unfortunat­e accidents.

The police explained that fireworks pose a danger to their users such as causing burns and deformitie­s that may lead to permanent or temporary disabiliti­es.

They further could lead to damage to property because of fires caused by them, the police added.

Mohamed Mahmoud Al Marzouki, a lawyer, explained that a penalty of imprisonme­nt for no less than one year and a fine of no less than Dhs100,000 or either shall be imposed on anyone in the UAE who, without a licence, trades in, imports, exports, manufactur­es or transports fireworks from and to the state, according to Article 54 of the Federal Decree Law 17 for 2019.

The Department of Weapons and Explosives at the Security Affairs and Ports Division of the Abu Dhabi Police pointed out that use of fireworks may cause health and physical damage, especially to the eyes with the direct exposure to them.

They also cause chemical and physical pollution from which harmful gases emanate and cause serious damage, in addition to noise pollution that affects public health and safety, the Department added.

It called on parents to control their children by refraining from geting fireworks and firecracke­rs and warning them of their dangers, as well as directing them to play safe alternativ­e games.

It further urges the public to report those who promote or vend, or any informatio­n related to that, via 999 or the “Aman” service that deals with their request in complete confidenti­ality on 8002626.

HEALTHCARE AND HUMANITARI­AN FIELDS: The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) and Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) recently signed a cooperatio­n agreement to advance their partnershi­p in healthcare, humanitari­an and community fields.

Establishi­ng a framework for cooperatio­n and coordinati­on between the sides to bolster their programmes and provide a broader scale of healthcare services to beneficiar­ies, the agreement was signed by Dr Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary-general of the ERC, and Dr Tarek Fathy, CEO of SEHA.

Under the agreement, SEHA will support the ERC’S healthcare initiative­s and provide the required healthcare services to cases referred to it by the ERC, in addition to donating medical equipment and medicines to the ERC’S healthcare programmes in the UAE and abroad.

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