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    Default Wading pool safety!!!

    I currently live in a set if apartments and unfortunately our outdoor areas are not separated by a fence, it is considered a shared area. My neighbour has a wading pool that has the capacity to hold over 30cm, now my problem is that I have an 18 month old son, and while I would absolutely not have him outside on his own, I know that accidents certainly do happen. I had a run in with the neighbour this time last year when I asked to have a barrier fence placed in between us by the owners, needless to say that went down poorly and they just got their back up and nothing was done. My number one priority is for my sons safety. Now, the million dollar question, do I go one step further now and call council?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnchoredEverest View Post
    I currently live in a set if apartments and unfortunately our outdoor areas are not separated by a fence, it is considered a shared area. My neighbour has a wading pool that has the capacity to hold over 30cm, now my problem is that I have an 18 month old son, and while I would absolutely not have him outside on his own, I know that accidents certainly do happen. I had a run in with the neighbour this time last year when I asked to have a barrier fence placed in between us by the owners, needless to say that went down poorly and they just got their back up and nothing was done. My number one priority is for my sons safety. Now, the million dollar question, do I go one step further now and call council?
    It could make things incredibly awkward but I'll be honest, I would. I just can't the image of DS lying face down in a pool like that. Too scary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apple iPhart6 View Post
    It could make things incredibly awkward but I'll be honest, I would. I just can't the image of DS lying face down in a pool like that. Too scary!
    Sorry, I'll just clarify that didn't happen to me!!! It's just what I imagine when I see them!!!

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    It's up to you.

    Technically you may have a case , however if you pursued the issue would you be doing it for your child? .... or to be right and let the neighbor know they are wrong?

    At 18 months I would be inclined to child proof my house and make sure bub couldn't get out (because let's face it if an 18 month old escapes then a wading pool is only one of your worries.

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    I would put a high safety latch on all of your external doors so that there is no chance for your toddler to get out.

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    Well as its more than 30cm of water in a shared area plus they did the same last summer id prob lean towards calling council.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    It's up to you.

    Technically you may have a case , however if you pursued the issue would you be doing it for your child? .... or to be right and let the neighbor know they are wrong?

    At 18 months I would be inclined to child proof my house and make sure bub couldn't get out (because let's face it if an 18 month old escapes then a wading pool is only one of your worries.
    It may only be one of her worries but I would say it's the most immediate worry! Most kids love water and it would not take long for an unsupervised 18 month old to drown in a wading pool like that.

    Child proofing the house is great and definitely something that should be done but accidents happen. Even the most vigilant parent can have a lapse in judgement or, worse, a family member or friend could babysit and they could have a lapse in judgement.

    As an example, we have a gated off activity area for DS to play in. The very first thing EVERY visitor does is let him out of that area. I, personally, never let him out without closing off the gates to our kitchen even if I'm watching him the whole time because there are plenty of non-child safe things in there. Other people just don't think of that because they're not looking after the child 24/7!

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    I would ring the council, most definitely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    It's up to you.

    Technically you may have a case , however if you pursued the issue would you be doing it for your child? .... or to be right and let the neighbor know they are wrong?

    At 18 months I would be inclined to child proof my house and make sure bub couldn't get out (because let's face it if an 18 month old escapes then a wading pool is only one of your worries.
    I agree, if the op hadn't done so already it might be advisable to learn water safety too. Children can drown in buckets of water, or if the area is unfenced run onto a road.

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