EDINA, MINN. – Oct. 5, 2011 – Safe Kids Minnesota, the Minnesota Safety Council and the Minnesota Department of Health recently awarded Katey Taylor with the first-ever Champion of Safety Award at the Third Annual Childhood Injury Summit held in St. Paul.

 Taylor is Abbey’s mother, and co-founder and president of Abbey’s Hope.

The award recognizes significant contributions in advancing the prevention of childhood injury in Minnesota. In presenting the award, Erin Peterson, of the Safety Council and Safe Kids MN, said: "The efforts of Katey Taylor and Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation have helped ensure that more of our children will grow up safe from life-altering injuries and able to live to their full potential.”

Organizers recognized Taylor for her tireless efforts to educate Minnesota's residents, public policy makers and the nation at large about the dangers of entrapment, hair entanglement and evisceration due to dangerous pools and spas. Abbey's Hope and the Taylor family were singled out as a primary catalyst behind the effort to change the ways pools and spas are built and maintained in this country.  

The annual conference was attended by safety professional from across the state.

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. 

Find out more about Abbey’s Hope at 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.

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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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