Garden Pond Safety: Do's and Don'ts
A garden pond can create a lush and beautiful atmosphere in your backyard, but it requires a lot of responsibility. In addition to caring for your pond as you would a typical garden, you'll also need to follow some important pond safety tips. Children, especially, will need to be cautious around garden ponds, as a small pond can be just as hazardous as a larger pond or lake. Be sure to learn about local rules and ordinances about installing a pond. Next, consider these pond safety tips so you can have a more secure space to enjoy.
Talk to children about safety rules. Make sure that the kids know that the pond is not a place to play and that they should never try to enter the pond.
Build a pond with an easy exit. If someone accidentally enters the pond, you'll want to have a way for them to climb out easily, whether it's a ladder or several pond shelves that can substitute as stairs.
Wear slip-resistant shoes. When you're maintaining the pond, make sure you wear shoes that can keep you from slipping.
Use a pond safety cover or net. You can find a variety of mesh netting designed to protect ponds, which can be useful for backyards where children and family pets play.
Surround the pond with a fence. One of the best protective measures you can make when it comes to your garden pond is building a fence that keeps children and animals away.
Steer clear of wild animals. Your backyard pond may attract local wildlife. If you find a new animal taking a drink from the pond or resting near the cool waters, avoid going near them.
Clean your pond before winter. Before the pond freezes over, make sure you clean out the dead plant life and animal droppings so that the pond life can survive through the winter without the potentially poisonous gases created by dead plants.
Don't dig too deep. If you're building your own pond, avoid making the pond deeper than necessary. Create a small area in the center that is deeper than the rest of the pond for fish to hibernate, but keep the rest of the pond shallow.
Don't allow unsupervised children near the pond. Even if you'vve talked to them about pond safety, they should never be allowed to play near the pond without adult supervision.
Don't drink the pond water. You never know what types of bacteria could be growing in the pond from fish, plants or other nearby animals.
Don't walk on a frozen pond. When the winter freezes the pond, don't rish walking on potentially dangerous ice in your backyard.