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May Is Drowning Prevention Month & 10th Anniversary of the Virginia Baker Pool & Spa Act
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (May 2, 2017) – May is Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Awareness Month, and Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation is reminding the public about critical safety tips that can mean the difference between life and death.
"As public pools begin opening, and as families start heading to the lakes to beat the summer heat, we would like to remind everyone of the importance of Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Month," said Scott Taylor, co-founder of Abbey's Hope. "In 2015 there were 35 drownings in Minnesota – that’s 35 too many, Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Month gives our state residents a reason to remind each other about how we can all stay safe this swim season.”
Become a Water Watchdog
Children can drown in seconds. Yes, even in pools where lifeguards are present. That’s why we’ve designed the Water Watchdog Program. The idea is simple. One adult wears the Watchdog Tag around bodies of water and follows the rules below. When the designated Water Watchdog needs to take a break, he or she hands off the tag, and the responsibility, to another adult.
In June 2007, six-year-old Abbey suffered a horrific injury. While playing in a public wading pool, Abbey unknowingly sat on a poorly maintained drain that was unequipped with the appropriate safety devices. The powerful suction eviscerated Abbey, ripping her small intestine from her body. Nine months of medical care followed, including 16 surgeries, multiple organ transplants, several infections and many, many nights spent in a hospital bed. Despite the best medical care, Abbey went peacefully with her family by her side in March 2008. In the hospital, Scott and Katey Taylor made a promise to Abbey – a promise to make sure this kind of injury never happens again. And so, with that goal in mind, Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation was founded.