• 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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  • Hidden Hazard: 
    One thing to know before your kids jump in the pool

    Abbey's Hope and The ZAC Foundation partner to launch a new educational online tool that explains the dangers of pool drain entrapment.
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  • 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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  • 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 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. 

Minneapolis Non-profit tries to break Guinness World Record

Edina, MINN- (June 12, 2014) - For the second year in a row, Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation is joining forces with leading water safety organizations around the globe to host the World's Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL). On Friday, June 20th at 10:00am CST at the Edina Aquatic Center, the Foundation will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest single-venue swim lesson.

Waterparks, pools and aquatic facilities will hold a basic, 30-minute swimming lesson to build awareness and demonstrate the importance of teaching children to swim in order to help prevent drowning. The lesson will cover basic swim strokes, learning how to stay in, on and around water, drain entrapment prevention and the importance of adult supervision when swimming.

Minnesota drownings decline by 11 fatalities in 2013

Minneapolis, MN- May 15, 2014- There were 29 drowning deaths in Minnesota in 2013, down from 40 drownings in 2012. While the decrease in drownings in encouraging, Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation would like to remind Minnesotans that all drownings are preventable. May is Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Month, which provides an ideal opportunity for media outlets to remind Minnesotans about the measures they can take to help prevent the preventable during the summer months ahead.

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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