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INDIANAPOLIS – Pool season is around the corner and it is a reminder that families need to make sure their pools at home are up to code.

FOX59 is looking into safety procedures after twin 2-year-old’s in Aurora, Ind., were found dead in a neighbor’s above ground swimming pool. It is believed the pool had a cover, but water had collected on top of it.

The Department of Code Enforcement investigates complaints in Indianapolis. They are not involved in the Aurora situation but are speaking strictly about safety in the Indianapolis metro area. If you believe someone does not have the proper safety features they are supposed to around their pool, you should call (317) 327-4MAC (4622).

“We’ll get a code enforcement inspector out there pretty soon to look at it and make sure it’s up to code,” Communications Director Adam Baker said.

If your pool is not up to code, Baker said they will work with the homeowner to make sure they meet requirements.

“We’re going to look for some of these safety features that are going to help keep kids safe and help keep people who are not wanted in that pool–at the time that they need to be in that pool–out,” Baker said.

Baker said someone could face a penalty if they do not fix violations. Baker said pools should have a state-approved cover or a fence around it.

“There are several regulations in place so when (a) pool is built these things should be there,” Baker said.

Baker said the cover should be operated by a key, maintain a certain amount of weight and enclose the pool.  As far as a fence, if the pool is underground then the fence has to be 5 feet high. If the pool is above ground, it needs to be 3 feet from the top of an erected deck or the top of the pool wall.

“It’s always a good idea to maintain the pool,” Baker said.

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