Ponds and Kids' Safety
In the interest of safety there are a few
things to consider when having guests over for this holiday
weekend or during summer BBQ’s- children aren’t always
supervised properly by their parents!
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 the
Next, you want to be sure any fish food is
locked away from children. More fish have died from overfeeding
when the homeowners did not notice bags being dumped into the
pond (or fishtank). Also secure any chemicals used to treat
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
By a little preparation, we can all have a
happy get together!
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