Minneapolis, MN (April 7, 2015)- It’s official! Spring is here – even if it doesn't quite feel like it yet. As families battle cabin fever at indoor pools and waterparks or on vacation, Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation reminds parents to do their part to keep children safe around the water.
As parents who have lost a child to a preventable accidental death, as founders of the Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation and with the support of our organization's Board of Directors, we found ourselves discussing the recent Nationwide Insurance Super Bowl commercial and deciding whether we should enter into this discussion publicly. As part of our mission and guiding principles, Abbey's Hope dedicates itself to never stop bringing awareness to preventable childhood injuries or deaths, specifically around drain entrapment and accidental drowning. So, here we are today entering the public discussion.
There is no doubt that the recent Nationwide Super Bowl commercial has caused a lot of conversation and a bit of controversy. We at Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation believe it is a conversation worth having and the public health statistics justify the attention.
Minneapolis, MN - (January 13, 2015)- Winter means ice-skating, hockey, ice-fishing and snowmobiling, but bundling up from the cold isn’t the only precaution to take outside when heading outdoors this season. Far too many Minnesotans have fallen through the ice and lost their lives in the past few years. Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation reminds families to practice ice safety while out on the lakes and ponds.
Minneapolis, MN (November 25, 2014) - Winter has arrived early this year, even for Minnesota. In an attempt to ward off the cold, many families across the state will undoubtedly vacation at hotels and motels in warmer climates. Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation wants to remind families and parents of small children that hotel and motel pools & spas must be compliant with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.
Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation warns all pool and spa owners and operators about the immediate recall of Waterway Plastics Spa Drain Covers Due to the Risk of Entrapment. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled product. Consumers should contact Waterway Plastics for inspection instructions and information on receiving a free replacement cover.
Minneapolis, MN (October 14, 2014) - It's that time of year again- the weather is changing and that means it's time to close your in- or above-ground pool. Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation wants to remind you that just because your pool is closed doesn't mean that you can stop thinking about pool safety. " Summer is not officially over until you take the necessary steps to close down your pool. Any body of water is a potential drowning hazard," adds Katey Taylor, co-founder of Abbey's Hope. As you close your pool for the season, take these steps to ensure your children are not injured (or worse) over the winter:
Minneapolis, MN (July 15, 2014)- If you are heading to one of Minnesota's many lakes and rivers this summer, you'll be joining thousands of other residents taking advantage of the idyllic Minnesota summers. The enjoyment, however, is not without risk. Far too many Minnesotans drown each year because they didn't know or ignored basic boating safety tips.
Each year, an average of 700 people die in boating-related accidents nationally and nearly 80% of those victims were not wearing a life jacket. Last year, 13 Minnesotans died in recreational boating accidents.