How To Make Your Pond Safe For Children

Pond safety is an important component of having a water garden. But finding ways to keep your kids safe while enjoying a pond doesn’t have to be difficult or scary. There are plenty of ways to protect kids with ponds.

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Use Pond Lighting

Pond lighting ensures that the pond is always lit up and visible. Visibility makes areas safer. This is a good idea to see if kids are out playing at dusk or night and a good safety feature for adults.

The best pond lighting systems can be swiveled and moved to highlight your pond and garden appropriately; they come in different colors and can be connected to work in harmony.

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Cover With a Net

A great defense is ensuring nothing over a certain size can fall into the pond. Pond nets are the perfect way to stretch over the pond’s surface to ensure that kids and animals alike can’t fall into the pond. The net catches them before an accident can become worse.

Using a heavy-duty pond net that offers full coverage, with spikes that securely hold the net around the pond’s edges, will keep children safe.

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Build Safety into Your Pond

There are some steps you can administer while building your pond that can help you ensure that it’s safer for children from the beginning, from placement to the design of the pond itself.

These include:

• Having a good line of sight to the pond- Seeing the pond from clear vantage points in your home and around your yard is a great way to keep an eye out for children.
• Elevated pond edges and pond fences- Adding barriers that make a tumble harder will keep kids safer.
• Choose pondless features- A pondless feature is a water feature that doesn’t have an accessible water reservoir. Removing the reservoir prevents accidents, but you can still have a tranquil water feature.
• Pool alarms- For pools without fish, pool alarms float on the surface and sound an alarm when something enters the water, so you know if someone or something has taken a dip.

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Teach Children Safety

There are some behaviors and habits you can teach to children to help them understand the potential dangers of the pond, so they’ll police their own actions a little, giving you some peace of mind.

Talk to children about the following:

• Not feeding the fish- Children who feed fish might want to do it alone. Don’t let children feed the fish, even with you, or they may start to think they can do it when you’re not around, risking a fall.
• Talk about safety often- Explain why things are safe or unsafe and show them how to make things safer. Explaining why security is needed will help them be safe all the time.
• Enforce rules about pond safety- Setting clear boundaries and following through on consequences for violating those boundaries will reinforce that the pond is not a place for play and risky behaviors.

Try to Keep the Water Clean

There’s another danger to children that can exist in a pond. Children like to touch and taste everything, and that’s no different with ponds. They may want to put their hands in it or try to drink the water. If they do there are parasites or pathogens in the water that can make them become very sick. Keeping the water as clean as possible with water pumps and filter kits specially designed to keep bacteria away will help keep kids safe from getting sick from the water.

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Keeping Kids Safe While Enjoying Your Pond

Having a pond doesn’t have to mean worrying about keeping children safe all the time. There are many ways to make a pond kid-safe, from teaching children basic pond safety to putting protective gear in place. For more tips and tricks on owning and maintaining a pond, visit our website.

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