EDINA, MINN. – March 1, 2012 – The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) today announced Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation as the recipient of the 2012 Community Lifesaver Award. The award recognizes work done toward the advancement of water safety and drowning prevention at the community level and will be presented March 9 at the annual National Drowning Prevention Symposium in San Diego.

“We’re honored to receive this prestigious award from one of the premier drowning prevention organizations in the nation,” said Katey Taylor, co-founder of Abbey’s Hope and mother of Abbey Taylor, who died in 2008 as a result of injuries sustained in an improperly maintained pool drain cover. “The efforts of Abbey’s Hope are not done for recognition, but to protect kids and in turn keep Abbey’s wish alive – that no child should ever suffer like she did.”

More information on the award and its criteria can be found on the NDPA’s website: http://ndpa.org.  

About Abbey’s Hope:
Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation is a Minnesota nonprofit organization named after Abbey Taylor, the Edina, Minn., 6-year-old who died in 2008 as a result of injuries sustained in an improperly maintained pool drain cover.

The Foundation’s goal is to:

  • Promote awareness of and education related to child safety issues, including educating pool owners, operators, inspectors, and the general public about the dangers of pool entrapment, evisceration and drowning and the need for physical inspections of pool equipment.
  • Work with the pool and spa industry to improve the design of its products, packaging and warning labels, and assist in the development of product safety standards related to such products.
  • Identify and provide support and assistance to organizations and programs that help educate parents, children, and pool and spa manufacturers about the prevention of entrapment and traditional forms of drowning.  

About the NDPA:
The National Drowning Prevention Alliance is a volunteer-driven 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization founded in 2004. NDPA members are dedicated to preventing drowning for all age groups in all bodies of water through public education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. The public is invited to join by visiting www.ndpa.org.

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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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