Abbey’s Hope reminds parents to be vigilant during spring break

Edina, MN- April 15, 2014- The abnormally long winter and rare sporadic nice days this spring continue sending Minnesotans to warmer climates. Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation would like to remind parents to be vigilant near pools, spas and open bodies of water when they vacation.

"With spring break season here, families in the Midwest continue to escape the lingering cold for better climates where kids can swim," said Katey Taylor, co-founder of Abbey's Hope and mother to Abbey Taylor who died of complications from injuries due to an improperly maintained pool drain.

Indoor pools require constant supervision- Abbey’s Hope reminds parents that indoor pools are not necessarily safer pools

Minneapolis - March 17, 2014- As the ground finally begins to thaw, and as families continue to battle cabin fever by visiting indoor pools and waterparks, Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation would like to remind parents, and adults alike that they must do their part when it comes to water safety and preventing the preventable.

Learn to save a life this winter

Minneapolis - January 27, 2014- Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation, a Minnesota-based non-profit organization dedicated to spreading pool and spa safety awareness, is using the winter months to promote Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) education.

Cardiac arrests are more common that most people assume, and they can happen at anytime and any place, including public or private pools due to drowning. There are approximately 383,000 cardiac arrests each year, and 88% of them happen at home. Why risk being ill prepared if a tragic accident happened to someone right in front of your eyes?

Fifth Anniversary of Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act

Edina, MN--December 9, 2013- This December marks the five-year anniversary of the passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGB). The Act required among other things, that all public pools and spas be fitted with VGB anti-entrapment drain covers, many of which expire after five years of use.

Katey Taylor Receives Distinguished Service Award From Hennepin County Sheriff

Edina, MN (October 29, 2013)- Katey Taylor, mother of Abbey Taylor, the Minnesota girl who died in 2008 as a result of a faulty pool drain, was recognized with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Distinguished Service Award for her continued work with Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation. Katey and Scott Taylor founded Abbey's Hope following Abbey's tragic death as a way to raise pool and water safety awareness.

Inflatable Swimming Pools are an Unacknowledged Risk

Minneapolis, July 24, 2013- Summer is in full swing. The sun is shining and the beaches and pools are packed. And the Consumer Product Safety Commission has declared July 28 through August 3rd as Pool Safely Week. Most people know the dangers a public, municipal pool poses for an unattended child, but do those same people perceive small, inflatable pools found in backyards and retail stores all across America to be just as dangerous?

Abbey's Hope Co-Founder helps kick-off Pool and Spa Safety Campaign

Washington DC--May 22, 2013- Today, Katey Taylor stood alongside Chairman Inez Tenebaum of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the press conference that kicked off the fourth year of the CPSC national pool and spa safety campaign, Simple Steps Save Lives. The American Red Cross also participated in the press conference to spread pool and spa awareness.

The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.
  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.
  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.
  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.


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