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.
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.
Abbey's Hope wants Minnesotans to enjoy all that the winter months have to offer, but we also want to remind everyone that there are risks associated with these cold-weather activities,” said Scott Taylor, Abbey’s Hope co-founder and father of Abbey Taylor, who died of complications from injuries due to an improperly maintained pool drain. “Always make sure the ice is thick enough for the particular activity. No day of skating, fishing or snowmobiling should end in tragedy. Use caution and properly supervise children, who are especially vulnerable.”
Abbey's Hope and the Minnesota DNR recommend the following ice thickness guidelines:
- 2 inches or fewer: Remain off the ice
- 4 inches or fewer: Walking or skating
- 5 inches: Snowmobile or ATV
- 8-12 inches: Car
- 12-15 inches: Medium-sized truck
Wearing life vests under winter gear or a flotation snowmobile suit is also encouraged. Flotation devices, however, should not be worn when traveling across the ice in an enclosed vehicle.
Learn more at abbeyshope.org or the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.