As a pool or pond owner, you are obliged to secure all sources of danger according to the Traffic Safety Act. But also for your own safety or that of your children, grandchildren or neighbors’ children, securing water sources in the garden makes sense. We at heimwerker.de show you what a good pool or pond security system can look like and what you have to pay attention to.
1. Pool and Swimming Pool Safety: Pond and pool owners are responsible
If an accident happens, the person who caused it has to stand up for it. This also applies to the owner of a garden pond or swimming pool. If a person falls into unsecured water and is injured in the process, this can be done within the framework of the traffic safety obligation Claims for damages be invoked. According to jurisprudence, who creates or maintains a source of danger is subject to road safety.
However, the duty to maintain safety only occurs if the property owner (e.g. the tenant, leaseholder) opens public transport. In this case, public means that third parties can also enter the property. Especially in housing estates with an American architectural style, where garden fences can hardly be observed, the property owner would be obliged to use “public transport” such as paths and paths, but also Pool, rain barrel and garden pond accordingly to secure.
In the case of paths and paths, for example, appropriate lighting or regular spreading in winter is part of it. Include the security obligation for the pool in the garden or also for the pond and rain barrel Measures such as covering or fencing the areas.
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If, on the other hand, the property is completely fenced and third parties have no access to it, the obligation to secure the pool in the garden is considered to have been fulfilled. Instructions on how to build a fence yourself can be found here.
2. Plan safety when creating the pond
The above obligation means that you should take precautions for the safety of people and animals when planning and creating a garden pond, pool or swimming pond. Above all, you should make your garden pond child-proof, because children in particular can ignore serious dangers while playing or misjudge them. A chain link fence can be a sensible and inexpensive security measure. Many do without it because a fence in the middle of the garden doesn’t look particularly nice. But with grasses and stalks directly on the fence, you can hide the protection and visually enhance it.
the Advantage of a chain link fence: It is cheap and relatively easy to assemble. Disadvantage: Chain link fences are often not particularly stable. In order to give them greater stability, the piles are usually set in concrete. The alternative: plug-in fences. A plug fence is even easier and more flexible to assemble when creating a pond. If you decide against fencing, you can use a pond grid as a transparent cover. Pond grids usually have to be produced individually by a metalworker. Custom-made pond grids are of course a bit more expensive. With simple DIY tricks but it works Manufacture of a pond grid cheaper:
To make a pond grid yourself, first buy the grid. You have to cut this to the shape of your pond with a bolt cutter. To attach the grid you have to pour small stones or some earth around the pond to create a support surface with a width of about 10 to 20 cm. Last but not least, you need to make the grid even more secure by securing it to the pond bank with hooks or ground anchors. When working with pointed ground anchors, as with all construction and manual work, you should think about your own safety and wear sturdy safety shoes.
Important for your own safety when creating a garden pond: Wear good ones during all construction and digging work Safety shoes from a brand manufacturer with high-quality toe caps and puncture-proof soles. The soles in particular protect you when stepping on sharp or pointed objects that may be in the ground.
3. Dangerous garden pond: Even 40 cm water depth can be life-threatening
Regardless of the legal situation, it makes sense to secure waters. Children in particular are quickly fascinated by water and are not yet able to take care of their own safety. Drowning is one of the most common causes of death in children. Overall die around 25 children a year in Germany by drowning. Even adults are not immune: At many a humid and happy garden party, someone has landed unnoticed in the pond or pool.
Ponds, streams, pools, but also tubs and tubs filled with water can be a trap for children. “Many adults consider a small garden pond with a water depth of around 40 cm to be harmless. Even such small bodies of water are often a deadly danger for the little ones “, says Ernst Thiel, head of TK Lower Saxony. “Parents should be careful and vigilant and not let their children out of sight. That is the best accident prophylaxis ”, Thiel continues.
Even in a few centimeters of water, children who fall face into it can drown or suffocate. Doctors speak of dry drowning in these cases, as a natural protective reflex causes the glottis in the pharynx to close as soon as water enters the lungs. Breathing becomes impossible and the child can suffocate in the water. In addition, the body weight is distributed differently in children than in adults – they sink to the ground more quickly in deeper water and cannot bring themselves back to the surface by rowing.
4. Cover the swimming pool for safety
It is also important for safety that swimming pools can be covered. Real estate portal Immowelt.de advises this. In addition to the safety aspect, there are also other advantagesas shown in the following table:
- Impurities are avoided
- Household security can be guaranteed
- Heat loss is reduced
- With less contamination, the pool has to be cleaned less often
- Less cleaning saves time and money
- Acquisition of electrical solutions in particular can be costly
- Covering it takes a little time
The disadvantages seem pale compared to the advantages and are almost negligible when it comes to the safety of the pool and garden pond.
In addition, you save time if you organize the maintenance and care of the pool accordingly efficiently. For example, if you are still looking for a powerful pool vacuum, we recommend taking a look at our pool vacuum comparison, including purchase advice.
You have several options for securing the pool: There are manual and automatic roll covers, but also canopies made from clear glass panels. With some pool tarpaulins made of solar foil, you can even increase the water temperature in an environmentally friendly way.
If you don’t want to dig too deep into your pocket to get started, we recommend a simple cover tarpaulin for your pool. Most manufacturers and brands carry these as accessories, so that you can buy the right one online or in specialist shops. Sometimes, however, a more detailed research is worthwhile: Often there are corresponding tarpaulins in the same dimensions from no-name brands, so that you can purchase the tarpaulin very cheaply.
5. Secure the garden pond
Garden owners don’t have to go without a garden pond, but they should take some precautions when children play in the garden. Fencing the garden pond can help protect children. A corresponding fence, for example from the fence manufacturer Betafence, should be at least 1.20 meters high and not be able to be climbed over by children.
Also galvanized welded wire mesh, laid on the surface of the pond can prevent children or pets from falling into the water. Aquatic plants can simply grow through the grid, so that the grid is barely noticeable after a short time in the water.
When choosing a grid, it is important to note that small children cannot get their legs caught in the mesh.
Another method to secure the pond can be seen in this video:
Let’s assume you choose a fence similar to the one in the video, your list of materials for securing your pond is extremely small: You almost only need the fence.
Do not forget:
When working on the pond, you should remember to include a gate.
The advantage of such solutions is that you only have to stick the fence elements into the ground. You can work with the following elements so that the appearance does not suffer:
- bigger stones
Depending on the style of your garden, you are able to conceal the fence in parts, so that it fits quickly into the natural look of your wet biotope.
6. Floating alarm devices on the surface of the water
A very effective, straightforward and inexpensive innovation that can save lives is a battery operated alarm device. The robust “Poolwatcher” has an eye on every body of water. At the swimming pool in the garden (regardless of whether it is a built-up pool or a sunken pool), fish pond, swimming pond or biotope: Whenever there is nobody in it, the “water bodyguard” belongs in it.
It always floats on the surface regardless of the water level and signals with a loud acoustic tone when someone has fallen into the water. With its very reliable functionality, it even meets the strict requirements of the French standard NFP 90-307 A1. Very few devices have been awarded this certificate.
A combination of several measures certainly offers the most effective accident prevention. In addition to all these precautions, children should never play alone or unattended near water. This also applies to children who have already completed a swimming course.
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