Abbey’s Hope encourages caution on the ice this winter

Minnesota's annual icing-over provides plenty of opportunities for frozen fun, including skating, hockey, ice fishing and snowmobiling.

But it can also pose serious threats when proper precautions are ignored. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there have been 26 ice-related fatalities in Minnesota since 2008.

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Never Take a Vacation from Safety

MINNEAPOLIS (Dec.18, 2015) – As winter sets in and people begin planning warm-weather getaways, Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation reminds parents to keep a watchful eye on their children while at the beach, on a cruise or staying at a resort this winter.

“Families across the country will be escaping the cold for better climates, and that means swimming and other fun water sports and activities,” said Katey Taylor, co-founder of Abbey’s Hope and mother of Abbey Taylor, who died of complications from injuries due to an improperly maintained pool drain. "Pools, spas and open bodies of water always pose a risk. Drowning or entrapment can happen in a matter of seconds. Remember to be vigilant and make sure an adult is watching children at all times. No family vacation should end in tragedy.”

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Minnesotans Come To Attempt Record for World's Largest Swimming Lesson

MINNEAPOLIS – (June 28, 2015) – Swimmers of all ages and ability levels came together on June 18th in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Swimming Lesson ever conducted. Abbey's Hope, a local water safety non-profit, teamed up with other industry leaders around the globe to host the event for the third year in a row and to promote Swimming Lessons Save 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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