There are many pools located on private residential properties throughout the Village. Please take a moment to review the following recommendations in regards to water safety and your property. • If you do own your own pool or spa, make sure gates, decks, and ladders are secured to prevent young children from being able to access the pool or spa when adults are not around. Village codes require barriers for all pools which are deeper than 24 inches. Even temporary pools, or popular “blow up” pools over 24” in depth require that you have a four (4) foot high fence or other barrier installed to protect entry to your yard or pool area. • If you are planning to install a new pool, please make sure that you or your pool contractor touch base early on with Village’s Building Department. Permits are required for new pools, and Village codes may impact the location of your pool. As such, you will want to know the requirements prior to completing your purchase. • Once you open your pool, it is important to keep furniture away from the pool that children can climb on to get over fences. Keep toys that attract children out of the water and away from the pool when not in use. Keep electrically operated appliances away from pools and sprinklers. Such things as electrically powered radios, extension cords, and air conditioners can kill you if you’re wet. • ALWAYS supervise children when near the water. • Also, make sure everyone who plays in or around water knows how to swim. Should you have any questions about village codes or ordinances related to pool and/or water safety, please contact the Building Departmentat 708-354-0225.