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Video of toddler climbing pool ladder goes viral, raises safety concerns

The hotter it gets, the more relaxing the pool looks. However, pools can be very dangerous for young children.

According to the USA Swimming Foundation, between Memorial Day and Labor Day of 2017, 163 children drowned in swimming pools.

A video making waves around the Internet shows a two-year-old boy Cody climbing outside of a locked pool ladder, able to get all the way to the top before his mom takes him down.

Cody's parents thought the ladder was safe, but now they're concerned.

The ladder was even locked, covering the steps.

However, Cody was able to get onto the slits in the door and pull himself up.

His dad Keith said he couldn't believe what he was seeing.

The video is a reminder that nothing is as good as keeping your eyes on your child.

What should you do to make sure your kids can't get into the pool when you're not around.

Lynn Herr with the Vanderburgh County Health Department said it's important to have two barriers in between the pool.

“If you have a ladder, or you need a fence, then the ladder needs to be closed and locked before the pool,” she said.

She also said that, with above ground pools, you should make sure the ladder is removed when you're not there and make sure there are eyes on your child at all times.

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(This story was originally published on June 19, 2018)


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