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How do I make my garden pond toddler proof?



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,012
    edited January 2019
    @WonkyWomble‘s father fell head first into a barrel of water on a building site near his home when he was an adventurous 4-5 year old. He couldn’t get out and would have drowned had the builders not turned their cement mixer off and heard his friends shouting. 
    A narrow escape ... 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    I have a similar dilemma. The couple next to me have a toddler and no gate on their garden. I have a half gate on mine and a pond. I can't lock my  gate as various people need to go into my garden regularly and some of them leave it open but I am concerned about it. Just girding my loins to talk to them this spring about putting a gate on their garden. 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,752
    Cover your pool with a pool cover. Its the best that can do for your child's safety. Child safety pool covers are now available in the market, they can even walk on the top of it. Its that much strong.
    Fitting a cover to a pool is a very different proposition to fitting a cover on a pond.  A pool won't have plants growing out of it, possibly waterfall and rocks around it, and will generally be a regular shape.
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,016
    edited January 2019
    I don't think they are 'strong enough to walk on', anyway. One dog we had once chased a deer out of our garden, legged it up the road and vanished. We searched for him for nearly an hour, eventually heard him whimpering, and OH found him in a neighbour's outdoor pool, swimming for his life poor thing. We assume the deer had either jumped the pool or run across the cover but when the dog ran onto the cover, it gave way and he went in. He was a big dog, true - about 25kg at that point - but a toddler could be just as heavy.
    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,012
    I’m sure I’ve heard of a child trying to walk on a swimming popl
    cover and being trapped underneath it ... with tragic consequences ...

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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