• Don't let Abbey's hope
    go down the drain.

    In 2008, six-year-old Abbey Taylor died from injuries she received from an improperly maintained wading pool drain. Her hope was that no child would again suffer or die as the result of a preventable entrapment. The Abbey's Hope Charitable foundation works tirelessly on her behalf.
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  • Pool drains:
    the great
    unknown danger.

    Pool and spa drains can pose a deadly hazard to children. If you spot a loose, missing, or broken drain cover, get out of the water and notify the owner or operator immediately. Warn children to stay away from drains to avoid entrapment.
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  • Swimming.
    A Life Skill, And
    A Life or Death Skill.

    Every child needs to know how to swim, float, tread water and get in and out of the pool safely! We recommend starting lessons by age 4. Also, enroll in classes in First Aid and CPR (for infants, children and adults) and have an emergency plan.
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  • Fences, Gates, Locks.
    All Necessary.

    Every pool needs an isolation fence surrounding it on all sides—four to five feet high. Gates should be self-latching and locking. Experts say such measures could have prevented up to 90% of childhood drownings and near-drownings.
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  • Be a Water Watchdog.

    One adult should be watching children in the pool or spa at all times. Even if there's a lifeguard. Even if the kids can swim. Pledge to use the Water Watchdog system to divide supervision responsibilities; pass on the Watchdog tags when you're ready to switch.
    Take the Pledge

  • Abbey's Hope Airs New PSA.

    Abbey's Hope airs a powerful new public service announcement warning parents of the potential dangers of pool and spa drains.

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  • Save the Date

    The date for 7th Annual Abbey's Hope Golf Tournament and Party has been set.

    Join us September 8th at Braemar Golf Course in Edina for a day of fun for a serious mission!

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?

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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