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    This Video Shows How Easily A Toddler Can Get Into A Backyard Pool, Despite A Locked Ladder

    "He was 4 feet from us and when I turned to see what actually he was doing, he was up the ladder like an American ninja."

    This ladder was supposed to stop Keith Wyman's toddler from getting into the pool. But a video clearly shows that's not the case.

    The video showing his 2-year-old son Cody easily scaling the supposedly safely locked pool has gone viral, with more than 23 million views.

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    In the video, it only takes Cody a few moments to pull himself up the ladder. Both parents were watching, and his mom stopped him before he got too far.

    "[I'm] watching my son, with it locked and shut, pull himself up this ladder," Wyman says in the video.

    "Whose big idea was it to have this door put on the ladder with slots like that, with a 2-year-old who can pull himself up and climb this thing?"

    "It was scary because everything happened so fast," Wyman told ABC News.

    "He was 4 feet from us and when I turned to see what actually he was doing, he was up the ladder like an American ninja."

    The ladder, made by Vinyl Works, is available online from Walmart Canada.


    The description says that the "outside ladder has a self-closing gate to bar entry from little ones or unauthorized swimmers." It's also sold by Walmart in the US.

    BuzzFeed News attempted to reach out to the company for comment but Vinyl Works appears to be shut down after a massive fire at the company's facilities in Port Colborne, Ontario.

    Wyman, who lives in Massachusetts, told the Associated Press that the store where he purchased the ladder offered him a replacement, but the other options had similar designs.

    About 10 people die each day in the US from drowning, and 1 in 5 are children under age 14.

    Children ages 1 to 4 are at highest risk from drowning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Most cases in young children occur in backyard pools, and drownings are responsible for more deaths in children in that age group than any other cause except birth defects. A lack of close supervision and inadequate barriers can play a role in deaths in this age group,

    Four-sided fences reduce the drowning risk by 83% compared with fences with just three sides, according to the CDC. Check out these tips from the CDC on how to prevent drowning.

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