Relaxing in her backyard this mum saw her two young sons do something no parent ever wants to witness.

Mackay mum, Allison Cunningham, caught her boys, Zander, 5, and Levi, 3, working as a team to open the gate to the family’s backyard swimming pool.

It took Zander less than 10 seconds to pull himself up to the top of the fence and lift the latch allowing Levi to pull open the gate.

pool area

“It was a bit of a reality check. We have a pool fence but it’s clearly nothing for them to get over it,” Allison told Daily Mercury .

“I didn’t see them brainstorm it and I think that’s the thing with kids, they don’t see it as a challenge, they don’t even think about it. They just see the obstacle and brainstorm a way to get over it easily.”

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Seeing a chance to make other parents aware, Allison and her boys re-enacted the scenario and made a video. (WATCH video here)

“The message that I’m trying to send is having a pool fence doesn’t automatically mean your kids are safe,” she said.

“Parents can’t be everywhere at once so it’s just being aware of where your kids are in the yard and trying to educate them in a way that they know it’s not the right thing to do.”

Earlier this year an Adelaide mum shared a video showing her toddler climbing a pool fence in just 21 seconds. She also shared to raise safety awareness and hopefully save a life.

Chilling footage of child climbing pool fence… by latestnews247

Very important reminder to all parents, carers and grand parents, please share!

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MUST WATCH The video shocking parents across the nation 

  • Children are so quick and much cleverer than we think. This video is so scary!


  • yep be wary of your child’s abilities and make sure that they understand the reasonings of why they shouldn’t be going into the pool area if they don’t have an adult present. plus get a padlock and chain for extra measures lol. you can’t be too careful


  • Very scary indeed.
    Floating devices that detect when someone falls into a pool are also a good idea.

    • That looks very interesting. I didn’t even know they existed.


  • So important to supervise our kids ALL THE TIME !


  • My kids have been able to climb pool fences since they were 2 using their feet. Kids will always find a way no matter what fence you have. Just need to teach them survival techniques in the water from an early age.


  • This is a concern as we are approaching Summer!


  • maybe it’s time pool fence designers came up with a new model that is actually kid proof for these smart kids!

    Though it is true if you own a pool you do need to be vigilant – and maybe enforce the rule that kids are not allowed in the pool area without an adult and punish them if they do try to get into the pool area.

    We had a pool at our last house and my girls knew they were not allowed anywhere near it unless an adult was with them because we made them aware of what could happen if they got into trouble and we didn’t know where they were – we taught them pool safety.

    • A NO GO near the water the policy is essential – we have always had the same rules – at friends homes and public pools and all places with water areas – NO GO without adults.


  • This is why children need to be supervised when near pool fences and pool areas.


  • And this is why nothing replaces parental supervision


  • Very scary. That fence is actually not protecting at all.


  • This is such a worry! Pool safety fences and gates boast to keep children out but this video clearly shows otherwise …. even more reason not to rely on these kind of devices and watch the kids like a hawk!


  • Thats really scary! I’ve never understood why the height standards for pool fences are so low. I was a climber as a kid and none of them would have stopped me.


  • Wow, that is so scary. No matter how secure pool fencing and gates are supposed to be, looks like the little ones can work their way around. Children also need to be educated, right from a very young age to let them know of the dangers and of what they should and shouldn’t do. Parents always be on guard! Maybe a chain with a padlock of some sort around the gate/fence area will help prevent access.


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