It’s another September, which means it’s time for another Labor Day. This year, our celebrations will obviously be a bit more contained. Thanks to the pandemic, the usual tradition of barbecues and end of summer pool parties will need to be slightly curtailed.
That’s okay. There’s still plenty of fun to have during Labor Day 2020!
What is Labor Day?
Surely most of us are familiar with Labor Day, but let’s take a moment to talk about the meaning of this federal holiday. Beginning in the late 19th century, the first Monday of every September has been set aside to recognize the works and contributions of America’s workers.
Each year, we celebrate this day with a long weekend, which is often filled with plenty of fun family gatherings. This year, Labor Day falls on September 7th
Celebrating During COVID-19
Now, before the celebration can start, let’s address the elephant in the room. Above all, safety is our top priority at Pool Fence DIY. We encourage all of our readers to follow the guidelines outlined by experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Above all, this includes social distancing while at gatherings this year.
For further information, please refer to guidelines from the official CDC
Pools and Kiddie Pools
Now, for families with access to a swimming pool, there is good news. The CDC has advised that COVID-19 is not transferable through the water
. Therefore, it is quite safe to swim, as long as you’re keeping your distance from other swimmers. This is great news since swimming is such a common Labor Day weekend activity!
For people without a swimming pool, kiddie pools are all the rage this summer. They are a quick and easy way for kids to cool off from the scorching heat. That said, these small bodies of water can still be dangerous. Believe it or not, drowning is one of the most common causes of death for young children in the United States. It doesn’t take a lot of water for a person to drown, either. If the water is high enough to cover the mouth and nose, it can be a drowning hazard. Additionally, drowning happens faster than most people realize. According to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance
, drowning can happen in as little as 20-60 seconds.
To prepare for Labor Day 2020, take a look at our dedicated blog post about kiddie pool safety
As indicated by all the pool talk, the sun is often still blazing hot on Labor Day. Keeping this in mind, the sun’s rays can cause skin damage to a person in as little as 15 minutes. Therefore, don’t forget to properly apply and reapply sunscreen
throughout the day. That’s good advice whenever you’re outside in the heat, even if you stay in the shade.
Additionally, don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Sweating from the heat can deprive your body of precious fluids and minerals, so it’s important to stay hydrated.
Depending on where you live, Labor Day also takes place during hurricane season. Obviously, this can really rain on your party plans… literally. Hurricanes are serious business, so it’s imperative that families plan ahead. The key to storm safety is creating a family disaster plan ahead of time. Knowing how to act during poor weather is crucial for parents and kids alike.
To learn more, read our helpful storm safety tips
before Labor Day 2020. That about sums it up for our tips for this unusual year’s holiday weekend. Proper preparation and careful celebrations will be the key to a successful Labor Day. Have fun and stay safe!