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“Abbey’s Hope wants Minnesotans to enjoy all that the winter months have to offer, but we also want to remind everyone that there are risks associated with these cold weather activities,” said Scott Taylor, co-founder of Abbey’s Hope and father to Abbey Taylor, who died of complications from injuries due to an improperly maintained pool drain. “Always make sure the ice is thick enough for the particular activity. No day of skating, fishing or snowmobiling should end in tragedy. Use caution and properly supervise children who are especially vulnerable.”
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, of the 18 fatalities on Minnesota lakes and ponds from 2006 to 2011, 44 percent of victims were on a snowmobile or ATV, 12 percent were in another type of vehicle and 44 percent were on foot. Before heading onto a lake or pond, remember to pack rope, ice picks and a flotation device. A vest-style lifejacket can provide extra warmth and floatation in the case of falling through.
Abbey's Hope and the Minnesota DNR recommend the following ice-thickness guidelines:
- 2 inches or less: Remain off the ice
- 4 inches: Walking
- 5 inches: Snowmobile or ATV
- 8-12 inches: Car
- 12-15 inches: Medium-sized truck
For more information on water safety during the winter months, please visit the Minnesota DNR ice safety website.
About Abbey’s Hope:
Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation is a Minnesota nonprofit organization named after Abbey Taylor, the Edina, Minn., 6-year-old who died in 2008 as a result of injuries sustained in an improperly maintained pool drain cover.
The Foundation’s goal is to:
- Promote awareness of and education related to child safety issues, including educating pool owners, operators, inspectors, and the general public about the dangers of pool entrapment, evisceration and drowning and the need for physical inspections of pool equipment.
- Work with the pool and spa industry to improve the design of its products, packaging and warning labels, and assist in the development of product safety standards related to such products.
- Identify and provide support and assistance to organizations and programs that help educate parents, children, and pool and spa manufacturers about the prevention of entrapment and traditional forms of drowning.
Find out more about Abbey’s Hope at http://abbeyshope.org.