Garden ponds are not only pretty to look at; they also provide a great habitat for frogs, newts, dragonflies and a host of other pond life. If not carefully considered and built for safety, they can, however, be the cause of accidents with potentially tragic consequences, especially when children are around. The following tips for safe pond design will help to prevent personal injuries.
Preventing pond accidents
The first factor to consider is the pond’s location. Making it possible for the water body to be supervised at all times by positioning it somewhere where it can always be seen in its entirety from the house is vital, especially when children under the age of five are likely to be in the garden. Avoiding placing a pond under trees will prevent injuries by falling into the pond if slightly older children like to climb trees. This will, by the way, also make pond maintenance easier.
For the safety of children (and small animals), ponds should always be designed with gently sloping edges leading into the water, rather than having dangerously steep edges dropping straight into deep water.
Smaller ponds should also be covered with a wire mesh or wooden trellis combination. An alternative option is to install a safety grid that will sit just below the water’s surface. These grids are available from many home and garden supply retailers.
Fences and plants
Large ponds should preferably be surrounded by fences. Naturally, the latches on access gates must be high enough to prevent children from opening them. Many ponds feature one deeper end. Planting some dense, sturdy vegetation around this end will further assist in preventing accidental injuries.
Should the pond design include a fountain or other water-feature, it is also essential to ensure the water is not permitted to splash onto pathways, decks, etc, where it may represent a slip hazard. Any leads or pipes used to supply the pond and its features with power or water must be positioned safely to avoid injuries by tripping.
If you suffered a trip or slip injury, or if your child drowned or nearly drowned in someone else’s garden pond, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline now to get free advice and no win no fee* legal assistance in making your claim for compensation. The 24/7 helpline is free and calls are obligation-free and confidential.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice