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Viral video spring boards conversations about pool safety

Peoria Heights, IL - A viral video of a little boy climbing pool stairs that are locked spring boarding  the conversation around pool safety. 

"So I bought this ladder with the pool, and watching my son, with it locked and shut," says Keith Wyman. 

That's dad Keith Wyman of Massachusetts narrating as his toddler climbs a safety ladder, designed to keep kids out.

"Whose big idea was it to have this door, put on this ladder with slots like that, with a two year old that can pull himself up, and climb this thing...?"asks Wyman. 

It was a demonstration to show the dangers, which could happen in your back yard. 

" [You need] layers of protection have door alarms, pool alarms," says Michelle Shilling, D&L Pools. "Make sure you can see the pool. You don't have barriers that can obstruct your view. Be with your child all the time. Make sure you know where they're at."

It all seems like harmless fun, but levels of prevention when it comes to pool safety can help protect against the unforeseen. 

"Make sure there's no landscaping, walls of obstruction," says Shilling. "Make sure that you have a clear view of the pool." 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates some 300 children younger than 5 die in swimming pools each year. 

It's the leading cause of unintentional death for kids ages 1 to 4.

The best thing you can do?  "Just try to be pro-active," says Shilling. 

Click HERE for Peoria City code. 


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