A charity is warning parents and carers of the health and safety risk ponds pose during the summer.
Anyone looking after children under the age of six are being encouraged to consider fencing off, covering or, even better, filling in their garden ponds to help prevent childhood drowning.
As the first warm days arrive, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) hopes that all those who have young children visiting their gardens will think about taking steps to separate children from water.
On average, five children under the age of six die every year from drowning after falling into a garden pond, many after escaping supervision for just a few seconds. There is also an unknown number who have life-changing injuries.
Although many parents take action to remove the risk of ponds from their own homes, these accidents also happen in the gardens of those related to, or friends of, the children who die.
Young children cannot get out
David Walker, leisure safety manager at RoSPA, says young children are naturally inquisitive and drawn to water. But at this age they cannot often get themselves out of trouble if they fall in.
Once they reach the age of six, this vulnerability can disappear, so any changes to garden ponds need only be temporary, he adds.
Good supervision of young children around water is crucial in preventing accidents.
Drowning can happen quickly and quietly so RoSPA also advises that water features, such as ponds, water butts and pools, are checked first if a young child does escape attention.