Viral video raises questions of pool safety ladder

A video of a toddler scaling a locked above-ground pool gate has gone viral. (Keith Wyman)

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A viral video is reminding parents to be on alert when their little ones are near a pool.

The video shows a 2 year old pulling himself up a pool safety ladder in a matter of seconds. The Massachusetts parents were nearby, but took the video to point out the design flaw in the one they purchased.

Replicas of the safety ladders are sold online through Walmart, Amazon and Leslie's Pool Supplies.

"It's definitely a scary thing," Dayton resident Amanda Smith said. "Even watching him, he's dunked his head under, and it's really scary."

With a 5 year old and soon-to-be 2 year old, Smith said the fear of similar scares are constantly on her mind.

"We keep two-on-two," she said. "My husband and I stay together with them, and we just watch them like a hawk."

She's not alone when it comes to worrying about close calls. With up to 1,200 swimmers on a hot summer day, Miamisburg Parks & Recreation said the lifeguards, like parents should be, are ready for the unexpected.

The Massachusettes couple who posted the viral video are now pushing for a design change from the ladder's manufacturer.

So far, there hasn't been any word from Leslie's Pool Supplies Corporate Office on whether they'll pull the product online.

Other options to think about or add to your pool are pool alarms, additional locks and pool covers, but the first line of defense is keeping your little ones within reach when near a pool.

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