Winterizing Your Pool Means Thinking About Safety

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:

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Recreational Boating Fatalities Still Major Summer Concern

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.

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Abbey’s Hope Participates in Record-Breaking Attempt at Life-Saving Event

Edina, MN - (June 20, 2014) - Swimmers of all ages and ability levels came together this morning in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Swimming Lesson ever conducted. Abbey's Hope, teamed up with other industry leaders around the globe to host the event for the second year in a row and promote Swimming Lesson Saves Lives. 

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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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