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Ponds can make an attractive feature in any garden, offering peace and serenity while creating an oasis of serenity and relaxation.

Children are naturally curious and can be drawn to ponds or water features. This curiosity may lead them astray. Children can drown in a matter of seconds. Pond safety for children is paramount.

Drowning is the third leading cause of death for children under five years old. Over 100 children drowned in the past ten years. According to a recent government study, 80 percent of them died in ponds that belonged to their friends, family or neighbours. Anyone who will have children visiting their pond, even for a short time, is concerned about its safety.

Ponds can be dangerous. Every year, and especially in the summer months, we see an increase of fatalities and near misses. By being aware of these risks and taking the appropriate precautions, you can prevent your own pond from adding to this sad statistic.

Here are some tips to ensure pond safety for children:

  1. Install a Fence: One of the best ways to keep children safe at a pond is with a fence around it. At least four feet high with a self-closing, self-latching gate, this barrier should withstand even when children lean against it and ensure it can withstand weight.
  2. Cover Your Pond: To prevent children from falling into your pond, cover it with a sturdy mesh cover designed to support a child’s weight and fastened securely around its edges. This may help safeguard children against injury as they explore.
  3. Educate Children: Inform children of the potential risks posed by ponds, emphasising the need to stay away. Teach them that ponds should never be used for swimming or playing and explain that adult supervision must always be present before approaching any water sources.
  4. Always Monitor Children: Always monitor children near a pond when they are playing near it, even with fences or covers in place. Keep an eye on them to ensure they remain away from it!
  5. Study CPR: Knowing CPR can save a child’s life should they fall into the water and are no longer breathing, helping ensure their survival in emergency situations such as drowning.

By following these tips, you can ensure your pond will be both safe and enjoyable addition to your garden. Remember, safety should always come first when dealing with children and water.