• 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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  • Thank you!

    Thanks to all who made this year's event a success! Over $120,000 raised for water safety education!

    Thank you to all our supporters, sponsors & friends!

  • 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

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?

Abbey's Hope Co-Founder helps kick-off Pool and Spa Safety Campaign

Washington DC--May 22, 2013- Today, Katey Taylor stood alongside Chairman Inez Tenebaum of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the press conference that kicked off the fourth year of the CPSC national pool and spa safety campaign, Simple Steps Save Lives. The American Red Cross also participated in the press conference to spread pool and spa awareness.

Record number of Minnesota drownings heightens importance of Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Awareness Month

Edina, Minnesota - May 1, 2013- Public pools begin opening Memorial Day weekend. Families start heading to the lake. And that fills some people-like Katey Taylor- with apprehension. In 2007, Katey and Scott Taylor's six-year-old daughter, Abbey, was disemboweled by a faulty pool drain and despite a live, intestine and pancreas transplant, died nine months later. The Taylors co-founded Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation in their daughter's name, dedicating the organization to preventing drowning and entrapments and to keeping kids safe in the water. Yet, last summer, a record number of drownings occurred in Minnesota--in total, 39 non-boating related deaths. Nationwide, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under. Significantly, approximately 800 children die from drowning each year. Drownings happen in open bodies of water, pools and spas.

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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