Between 1995 and 2008, 68 children under the age of six drowned in garden ponds in the UK. Ponds hold particular fascination with naturally inquisitive young children and it’s vital that the risk of drowning is minimised. In this article, we look at ways parents and guardians can reduce the risk of a young child drowning in a garden pond.
This cannot be overstated. Almost all incidents of drowning in a pond have happened in a back yard during a break in supervision. If you wish to keep a small pond in your back garden, then it is essential that children are constantly supervised as a small child can drown in as little as an inch deep.
Mesh or grills
A rigid and sturdy mesh can help prevent a young child from slipping, tripping or falling into a pond. The mesh should be secured in place and regularly checked for deterioration. Fencing materials such as chicken wire are not suitable as they will not support the weight of a child, causing the child to fall through and possibly become entangled.
Fencing should only be seen as a partial solution to the problem. If the pond is fenced then it should be a sufficient height to stop a child from climbing over. The RoSPA recommend that a fence should be at least 1.1m in height and should be made from vertical rails no more than 100mm apart.
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Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice