Child Safety Scotland

Ponds and Garden Safety


Young children are inquisitive and any water may be of interest to them. Paddling pools, baths, buckets of water and garden ponds are all key hazards around the home environment.

The issue is a prevalent one as statistics have shown that between 1995 and 2005, 58 children under the age of 6 drowned in garden ponds.


  • Check the garden at regular intervals. All containers, pools and buckets should be emptied of any water
  • Always supervise children in the garden
  • Cover the garden pond with mesh or fill it in with soil.