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Video of Toddler Climbing Pool Ladder Highlights Danger of Leaving Kids Unsupervised

A stark reminder for parents, the clip has been viewed more than 20 million times.

Facebook: Keith Wyman

A dad’s viral video of his toddler easily climbing an “unclimbable” ladder and nearly jumping into their backyard pool is serving as a stark reminder to parents about the danger of leaving kids unsupervised near water.

Last Friday, Keith Wyman uploaded the video showing his 2-year-old son Cody scaling the ladder with ease. After about 30 seconds of climbing, Cody reaches the top and, was it not for his mother stepping in, appears ready to take a dip.

While, thankfully, Wyman and his wife were there to keep their son safe, the two quickly realized how the entire situation could have ended tragically. And that’s why Wyman posted the video on his Facebook page, as a helpful warning for other parents. It worked. The message clearly resonated and the video has received more than 20 million views in less than a week, with over 600,000 users sharing it in their newsfeed.

So I’m posting this video after I found my 2 year old Cody trying to climb our pool ladder when it was closed and locked I just got it with the new pool Tonya and I stress you to watch your kids around pools I will be buying a new type of ladder!! “Kid has some serious upper body strength “

Posted by Keith Wyman on Friday, June 15, 2018

Unintentional drowning is common in the United States, and the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention estimate that two children die every day due to drowning. With summer rapidly approaching, it’s more important than ever for parents to be aware of the danger of leaving their child unsupervised near water. Because, clearly, even “unclimbable walls” are climbable for the right kid.