Minneapolis - January 27, 2014- Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation, a Minnesota-based non-profit organization dedicated to spreading pool and spa safety awareness, is using the winter months to promote Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) education.

Cardiac arrests are more common that most people assume, and they can happen at anytime and any place, including public or private pools due to drowning. There are approximately 383,000 cardiac arrests each year, and 88% of them happen at home. Why risk being ill prepared if a tragic accident happened to someone right in front of your eyes?

Effective bystander, hands-only, CPR provided immediately after a sudden cardiac arrest can triple a victim's chance of survival. Hands-only CPR (CPR with chest compressions) has been proven to be as effective as CPR with breaths in treating cardiac arrest victims.

"Yes, summer seems far off," said Katey Taylor, mother to Abbey Taylor and co-founder of Abbey's Hope. "But the long and cold winter provides a perfect opportunity for families and friends to become CPR-certified together. The beaches are closed and the day are short; why not learn to safe a life?"

The American Heart Association provides an excellent CPR training resources, which you can view here. Additionally, here is a list of organizations in the Twin Cities that offer CPR training courses:

 

About Abbey's Hope

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. 

 

Find out more about Abbey’s Hope at http://abbeyshope.org.

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.

Read More

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.


More water safety tips