What are the best ways to protect children from garden ponds? How can you ensure a picturesque addition to your garden doesn’t become the cause of accidents at home?
Fears over safety should never outweigh the benefits of having a pond. It’s good for the natural environment and will make your garden more interesting and varied. Furthermore, it’s an easy way of instilling an interest in the natural world in your children. Things like the way frogspawn turns into tadpoles then frogs is fascinating for children.
How can I safely protect children from garden ponds?
Whilst having a pond is a great addition to any garden, it’s only beneficial if it’s safe. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to protect children from garden ponds and avoid accidents in the garden.
Putting a safety net over your pond is helpful for two main reasons:
- It prevents children falling in. The number one fear surrounding children with ponds is, of course, drowning. A sturdy net goes a long way to preventing tragic drowning accidents.
- It protects any fish you may have from predatory birds and other animals such as cats.
Of course, you don’t want to block your pond from view entirely. What would be the point in having it? However, a waist-high fence can go a long way to preventing garden accidents. Sometimes, the smallest deterrent is enough. If a small fence doesn’t prevent a child accessing the pond entirely, it should delay them enough for you to react.
The most effective way to ensure your child is safe around a pond is to teach them about it. Simply saying ‘don’t go near that’ is only likely to pique their interest. Instead, get them involved with feeding the fish, cleaning and any other activities. Whilst doing this, make sure they are aware of the importance of staying safe around the pond.
Making a claim
Accidents in the home, no matter their nature, can be extremely distressing and worrying. Your home should be a safe place for relaxation. Suffering serious injuries can dissolve that feeling in an instant.
Getting injured at home is especially galling if the accident wasn’t your fault. If this happens to you, remember you may be due personal injury compensation.
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Date Published: April 24, 2017
Author: Accident Advice