Ponds and Kids' Safety
In the interest of safety there are a few
things to consider when having guests over for the holiday
weekends, or during summer BBQ’s - children aren’t always
supervised properly by their parents! No further comment
So, as the responsible homeowner, it’s your
duty to safeguard your guests and your pond. A few things to
stock up on are the water “alarm” system that will alert you to
any rise in water level indicating someone has either jumped
into the pond or fallen accidentally. Either can injure them or
They can be purchased for a reasonable
price and can we ever really put a price on peace of mind?
Give the children something to occupy themselves for the
duration of the party in case they might get bored. I find the
non-toxic bubbles are good for about an hour of enjoyment. And
remember that they might be tempted to feed your BBQ food to
your gilled friends...
Next, you want to be sure any
fish food is
locked away from children. More fish have died from overfeeding
when the pond owners did not notice bags being dumped into the
pond (or fish tank for that matter.) Also secure any chemicals used to treat
illness or additives to treat water issues.
Check the perimeter of your pond for any
loose stones or rock work. This is an invitation for accident.
Larger stones can send visitors into a pond, and can damage the
liner, plants, and make a big splash (albeit unwanted) on the
little forethought and a little preparation, we can all have a
happy Get Together!
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