Are Outdoor Fountains Safe?
There is no doubt that anyone’s backyard look can be improved when you add an outdoor fountain to it. Outdoor fountains can bring elegance to the yard, and can brighten up the overall look. However, there are several safety concerns that must be addressed before you set up a fountain in your yard.
When you have an outdoor fountain, you will need electricity for the water to flow properly. The water pump is what is being powered. This means that you will need to set up electrical outlets and conduct power safely to the fountain. If you are not skilled at this type of thing, it is better to consult a professional. Water and electricity can serious damage to you if they meet each other.
If you have outdoor pets, they will naturally be attracted to the water in your fountain. Cats will try to hit the stream of water with their paw, and dogs will enjoy hearing the rushing sound. Also, they will likely both try to drink from the fountain if they can. This is typically okay for them to do. However, you must ensure that the fountain is clean and free of algae. Frequent cleaning of your fountain may be recommended, if you want to be absolutely sure that your pet will not contract bacteria from drinking the water. Pets can still fall in fountains, especially if they see a bird drinking from the water. They might forget where they are and try to chase the bird. If you do not want your pets near the fountain at all, try placing it on a tall pier. That way, it is more difficult for pets to see the water.
Children are always a factor to consider when you are thinking about putting a fountain in your yard. Smaller children might try to get in the fountain, and hurt themselves. They might also try drinking the water (just like a pet would). You can prevent these things from happening with just a few small changes. For example, placing some sort of barrier around the fountain might keep the children away. This barrier could be decorative, and made from shrubs or a small fence. Another thing that you could do is adding stones to the bottom of your fountain. This will reduce the depth of the water level. Whatever you decide to do in terms of safety, children should still always be accompanied by an adult when they are in the presence of water.
The safety of children, pets and yourself should always come first. Take all the preventive measures that you feel comfortable with, no one will fault you for being too cautious. After you have made your fountain as safe as possible, you will have more peace of mind. You can sit by your fountain and enjoy the sight and sounds of it, without having to worry about what could happen.
- Candace Osmond