FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) – An 11-year-old Fargo boy is dead after a backyard pool drowning Thursday night. Police say the call came in around 11 p.m. to the 1500 block of 5th Avenue South. We spoke with neighbors surrounding the incident and have more on ways parents with pools can keep kids safe.
Fargo mom of two, Ashley Tandeski, just bought a kiddy pool for her four year old.
“I’m kind of a nervous Nelly,” she said.
Tandeski says hearing of the nearby Fargo drowning makes her want to take the pool back.
“Even if they do follow the rules,” Tandeski said, “accidents happen.”
Fargo police got the call around 11 p.m. Thursday on 5th Avenue South. The victim’s mother asked us not to show the family’s home or backyard. Police say the drowning is an active investigation and could provide no further details at this time.
Neighbor, Kandice Knight, says she’s extremely saddened by the news.
“These three kids down the street,” Knight said, “they were always out, riding bikes, playing together. You could see they were best friends.”
Tandeski says she has safety rules to go along with her new kiddy pool.
“They’re not allowed outside unless they tell me,” she said, “and I come out with them.”
And speaking of safety, Thomas Gillan, a backend department supervisor at the Fargo Lowe’s, says when it comes to pools, vigilance is key.
“Even if it’s not yours directly,” Gillan said, “it’s your neighbor’s situation.”
Gillan showed Valley News Live new technology—like the Smartpool Pool Water Alarm—that can actually detect a pool splash.
“If something larger than 15 pounds were to go into the pool,” he said.
Other ways to protect your kids? Gillan says if you put a Ring doorbell in your backyard, it can detect motion pretty far out.
“Yeah a surprising distance,” he said.
And even a simple alarm can let you know if a kid is sneaking out without you knowing.
“Someone is in danger there, you’ll be able to respond much more immediately,” Gillan said.
Even something as simple as paint coating with a sand additive can add grip to the ground, to keep kids from slipping.
“Not just kids but anyone who’s walking on that surface is going to be more stable,” Gillan said.
To check out the pool water alarm and other safety devices, head here: https://www.lowes.com/search?searchTerm=smart+pool+water+alarm