kid jumping by waterA tragic disaster is something none of us ever wants to pay witness to. But sometimes it's absolutely necessary to scare us into making changes that can preempt another horrible incident from occurring. That's exactly what Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Arnold Piedrahita believes -- and the reason why he recently shared surveillance footage of a toddler almost drowning.

Still, seeing the upsetting incident unfold is gut-wrenching, really almost unbearable to watch, but considering that drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children 1 to 4 years old, it also serves as a wake-up call. Watch below ...

Piedrahita said when posting the clip on Facebook that if it "scares someone enough to install a pool gate, then my job is done." While fear isn't necessarily the best way to get through to people, I'm guessing this video will certainly have as powerful an effect as Piedrahita hoped. With hope, it ends up saving other children from facing similarly harrowing, life-threatening circumstances.

What safety measures have you taken to protect your children from drowning?


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