Educate yourself on the hidden dangers of these critical components of the City's stormwater system
Often surrounded by plants and birds, the picturesque setting of a retention pond is inviting. Many are attracted to the still waters, using it for recreational activities, like swimming, boating, and fishing. However, despite its serene appearance, a retention pond is constantly working, serving an important purpose that makes it unsuitable for play, as well as a potential safety hazard.
These are some of the hidden dangers of rentention ponds:
Steep sides and slippery slopes can make it difficult for a person to climb back out if they happen to fall in. Retention ponds can also be deep since they’re designed for maximum rainwater collection.
Strong currents after a storm at both inlet and outlet areas of a pond can also pose a danger, especially if protective bars or grating is built to close to the drain. These currents can be strong enough to hold a person pinned against the grating, preventing people who would otherwise be able to swim to safety, from doing so.
Drowning risk is much higher for children and is the number one cause of injury death for children ages 1-4.* Open water, which includes man-made bodies of water such as irrigation ditches and retention ponds, has hidden hazards that increase the risk even further. These include debris and vegetation that may impede swimming or induce panic, colder temperatures, difficult to judge distances, limited visibility and more.
Educate yourself on how rentention ponds work to keep our waterways healthy and what you and your loved ones can do to stay safe at pondsafetyjax.com.
*Source: Hidden Hazards An Exploration of Open Water Drowning and Risks for Children