Minneapolis - March 17, 2014- As the ground finally begins to thaw, and as families continue to battle cabin fever by visiting indoor pools and waterparks, Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation would like to remind parents, and adults alike that they must do their part when it comes to water safety and preventing the preventable.

 

"As we patiently await warm temperatures to swim indoors, families are beating boredom by taking weekend trips and passing time at hotel pools and indoor waterpark," said Katey Taylor, co-founder of Abbey's Hope and mother to Abbey Taylor, who died of complications from injuries due to an improperly maintained pool drain. "Some adults assume that indoor hotel and school pools are less dangerous than beaches or larger outdoor pools, and this can lead to inconsistent pool supervision." That lack of supervision can, and has resulted in drowning deaths. Those deaths can happen to both young and old children, no matter the background or socio-economic class.

Regardless of whether there is a lifeguard on duty or whether the pools is indoors or outdoors, pools and waterparks always pose a risk. Abbey's Hope would like to remind parents to be vigilant at all pools in the following ways:

Become a Water Watchdog- Make sure there is an adult watching children in the pool at all times. Take the Water Watchdog pledge and you can get a free Water Watchdog tag here.

Wear life jackets and keep proper lifesaving devices nearby- When near the water, remind children and those with the inability to swim that they need to be wearing life jackets at all times.

Teach swimming and lifesaving skills- Make sure your children know how to swim, float, tread water and get in and out of the pool safely. Take classes in First Aid and CPR. Early spring is a good time to enroll in those lessons and classes as family.

Avoid dangerous drains- If you spot a loose, missing or damaged drain cover, report it to the pool operator or hotel management immediately. Tie up long hair or secure with a swim cap and warn children to stay away from drain or other openings.

Parents can learn more about how to keep their swimmers safe during vacation and while at indoor pools at abbeyshope.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 from 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. 

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