Updated: 12/31/2013 9:37 PM
Created: 12/31/2013 7:51 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Winkler
Abbey Taylor, 6-years old, died in 2008 as a result of injuries sustained after being suctioned against an improperly maintained pool drain cover.
Following Abbey's death, and other like it, federal and state laws required public pools to install anti-entrapment pool drain covers.
A functioning and properly maintained pool drain cover may have saved Abbey's life.
Five years later some of the drain covers installed have expired and must be replaced. Advocates say many of the covers installed often have life spans of 5-years and can become less effective over time.
Pool chemicals, cleaning, and UV rays can break down the plastic and screws that properly secure covers to drains.
Scott Taylor, Abbey's father, is urging pool operators to make the time to inspect and replace covers that have expired.
To learn more visit the charity the Taylors' started in Abbey's memory, Abbey's Hope.