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Plainfield looking to tighten home pool safety rules

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Eying safety for children, the west suburban village of Plainfield will require owners of all non-permanent pools to have a cover with a portable locking device.

Village official Dean Marquez said during Monday's village board meeting the building code requires fencing for all pools, permanent and portable.

"It is my recommendation that the village board consider amending the code to allow a cover with a locking device for non-permanent (portable) pools," he said.

The ordinance states that a ladder giving access to the edge of the pool must be locked for swimming pools having sides that are four feet or more above surrounding grade, Marquez said.

It must be equipped with a fence, rail or wall extending above the side of the pool to have a barrier of no less than six feet above grade, he added.

Pools having sides and other barriers less than six feet above grade, including all in-ground pools, are required to be enclosed by a fence no less than five feet high.

Following the change to the ordinance, a fence will not be required for portable private residential swimming pools, as long as the pool is equipped with a cover and locking device approved by the Plainfield Building Department.

Police Chief John Konopek said community service officers will work with the building department to enforce the new rule.

Jeannine Salesburg of Plainfield likes the amendment.

"Our portable pool is small and it makes sense that they are taking the fencing component out of the ordinance,'' she said. "Fencing really is ideal for people with big in-ground pools."

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