Garden Pond – Safety Aspects
A good Garden Pond is a thing of beauty that makes your garden a better place for you and your family. A Garden must not only be a beauty to look at but at the same time it must be safe for all concerned. Some steps have to be taken to ensure that the Garden Pond is safe and healthy for all. Special care has to be taken with regard to the depth of the Garden Pond if you have toddlers or small pets.
In case you have small toddlers in your House, they should be carefully watched while they are in the Garden and they do not slip and fall into the Garden Pond. Even then it is prudent to plan for any eventuality. You can add a Shelf or Ledge or other leasing Structures around the sides of your Garden Pond so that it provides an easier escape for a child to come out of the Pond by itself. Adding other materials around the edge of the Pond and its side will help in getting out of the Pond more easily.
More than any precaution, it is always better to have a close eye on Children when they are out in the Garden and near the Pond. The moving object like Fishes may tempt them to go near the edge of the Pond and to lean too much into it to have a closer look or a chance to take them in their Hands. This increases their risk of falling into the Pond and getting injured by sitting on the sides of the Pond. This greatly increases the grave danger of drowning in the Garden Pond, and a child can get drowned in just 6 inches of Water.
Just like you would not let your children swim without a lifeguard or adult supervision,
Next safety factor required will be with respect to the incidental falling due to slipping. You can use a slip resistant material to ensure that smooth edges around your water pond are not so slippery so as to make them a hazard. Another safe step would be to create railroads along the walkways.
Even before the beginning of the construction phase, it is better to consult your local and Municipal Authorities to know about your Plans abiding by your local Building Codes and the requirements as to putting up of any Fence around your Garden Pond.
Although safety norms for your Garden Pond may not be your top priority while starting to build your Pond but it should never be overlooked. So you must plan ahead and provide for the safety well ahead and you'll ensure that your Garden Pond is accessible to everyone in your family and a and a joy for all.