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How do I make my garden pond toddler proof?



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  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,183
    liz 657 said:
    What is the safest size of grid?
    Building regulations say that a sphere of 100mm shouldn't fit through gaps in safety rails. Something like B283 rebar mesh would do it as the grid size is 200mmx100mm using 6mm bar. It would be strong enough to support a child and they can't get their head through. Should be about £50 for a standard 2.4m x 4.8m sheet.
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    where do I buy that?
  • @liz 657  any good builders merchant should have it or be able to get it for you don't forget its large so delivery will cost around.

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  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,750
    Don't worry, @1Runnybeak1, I'm on it. She thinks a net or grid is unsightly
    Rather less unsightly that a dead child floating in the pool would be my comment.  Harsh, but it might bring her to her senses.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,669
    1Runnybeak!, "the smaller the MESS"!!!!When our youngest ws a year old we moved into a garden with a pond, glass fibre job, not awfully big or deep, Hubby took it out straight away, when she was older, 5 or 6 I think, we put that one back, used the dug out soil to raise the soil level, put another one higher up, making a waterfall.  The Hospital I was then nursing at, there were families living on site building the M23 motorway, a little boy of 18 months fell into a ditch, it was a rural village, he drowned in just 2 inches of water, his parents rushed him into the Hospital, which didnt have an ED, he was rushed to the theatre, but had been starved of oxygen, he was very brain damaged, couldnt talk,sit stand anything, he was in the kids ward for several years, till they moved away and he went with them, he just made noises like a wounded animal, heartbreaking.Kids are fascinated by ponds and water.  I caughter our border collie in ours when she was a puppy, its about 4 feet high above ground and the youngest grandkid is 7, loves to feed the fish, there is a chicken wire cover, wooden surround made by Huby to stop the birds getting the fish
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,854
    edited January 2019
    Whilst I agree a safety mesh or fence would be the most practical immediate solution a long term solution is to teach the children to swim.   I took Possum to swimming classes as soon as she was 3 months old and had all her first jabs because I knew we would be making a pond for drainage in our garden which had been cow pasture for centuries and was boggy in the dip.

    The first thing she learned about having confidence in water was to roll over face up and float.

    She never went near our large pond because it wasn't blue and we got the paddling pool out on warm sunny days.
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  • B3B3 Posts: 27,018
    I would say that the only way to make a pond toddler proof is to fill it in
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • SuesynSuesyn Posts: 651
    I can remember my grandmother telling me about some neighbours who owned the local pub whose child was drowned in an old wooden barrel that the dart boards were put to soak in. May not be true of course !
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