Ponds, like any large body of water, can be extremely dangerous areas and should always be considered as such. The dangers of a pond area are really brought into focus when young children are playing nearby. A small child can drown in less than two inches (five centimetres) of water. There are a few steps which can be taken to reduce the hazards of a pond to young children, but none of them are a substitute for parental supervision.
- Build your pond in clear view of the house.
- Dig your pond with gently sloping edges.
- Install a safety grid above or just below the surface of the water.
- Fence the pond area.