ADA, OK -- The city of Ada is enforcing a new ordinance to help pool owners keep their little swimmers safe.
Gene Linton said, "We require barriers around any swimming pools or spas that affect anything over 24 inches deep and it requires a 48 inch fence around the areas."
Public Safety Director Gene Linton said, city buildings must also have an alarm or lock on doors that lead to the pool.
He says the ordinance is meant to protect against drowning accidents.
Linton said "It protects the children in the household and any children who wander on a property that has a pool or spa."
One parent, D'Ann Wyche, said sometimes small children wander off without parent supervision and aren't aware of pool dangers.
Wyche said, "They don't have that fear of a pool. To them it's just something fun. They don't realize the danger that could come along with it"
She says this rule can help parents make sure their kids are never unattended in the water.
Wyche said "This would be a way to keep them safe and the only way they can get in the water or get in a pool that could cause them to drown would be with a parent's knowledge of where they're at and I think it's a great idea."
Linton says there are consequences to those who do not follow the ordinance.
"The fine is up to $500 in court costs." added Linton
Linton said a person may be required to drain their pool until they meet the city's requirements.
For more on the ordinance visit www.adaok.com