During the summer months, when the sun is high and you’re lazing on the local green, you may look over at your pond and wonder, is it safe to go in that pond?
While it may seem like a fun activity for the kids, even an educational one, you really do need to think long and hard over whether it is safe to go in that pond.
Is it safe to go in that pond? The dangers
As you can imagine, wherever there is water or damp areas, there is a risk of slips, trips and falls occurring.
If you are walking by the pond, whether fish spotting, pond dipping or tadpole hunting, remember to keep a steady foot and encourage the children to keep a safe distance from the edge, where land is likely to give way. Slips and falls into ponds can cause myriad injuries of varying severity.
While accidentally falling into a pond can cause injury, what we want to know is whether it is safe to go in that pond of your own accord.
Many people, in times gone by, have swum in freshwater lakes and ponds without any trouble. However, there are definitely risks associated with paddling and swimming in freshwater ponds and lakes. These risks include, but are not limited to:
- Drowning due to deceiving depths
- Stomach upsets due to swallowing water contaminated with E. coli or Cryptosporidium
- Stomach upsets, rashes and eye injuries caused by blue-green algae
- Stomach upsets and infections caused by animal faeces
- Skin reactions to freshwater snail parasites, known as swimmers itch
- Weil’s disease
Claiming compensation for pond injuries and illnesses
If you had decided that it wasn’t safe to go in that pond, and you suffered a pond-related accident due to poorly maintained ground or fencing, for example, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
Of course, all accidents are unique, which is why at Accident Advice Helpline, we offer a free initial consultation for all victims of personal injury. During this initial consultation, we will get to the bottom of your pond-related accident, and hopefully determine where liability is likely to lie, and if you have a case that is eligible to claim.
Getting in touch with us
For more information, and to receive your free initial consultation, speak with one of our specialist advisors today, via our freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice