Solar Eclipse Safety

Keep yourself safe during the upcoming solar eclipse

Use Proper Eye Protection: Never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection. Only use certified eclipse glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2 safety standard or solar viewing filters to observe the eclipse. Regular sunglasses do not provide sufficient protection.

Avoid Unprotected Viewing: Do not look at the sun through unfiltered cameras, telescopes, binoculars, or other optical devices. Doing so without adequate protection can cause permanent eye damage or blindness.

Supervise Children and Pets: Keep a close eye on children and pets to ensure they do not accidentally look at the sun without proper eye protection. Educate them about the dangers of looking directly at the sun during an eclipse.

Travel Safely: If you plan to travel to see the eclipse, ensure you have enough gas, food, and water for the journey, especially if you anticipate heavy traffic or remote viewing locations. Plan your route in advance and allow extra time for travel.

Be Weather Aware: Monitor weather forecasts leading up to the eclipse day. Be prepared for changes in weather conditions and have a backup plan in case of inclement weather.

Protect Your Skin: If you’ll be outdoors for an extended period, apply sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Wear lightweight, protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses to shield your eyes.

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, especially if you’ll be spending time outdoors during the eclipse. Dehydration can occur quickly, especially in hot weather.

Follow Traffic Laws: If you’re driving to a viewing location, obey traffic laws and drive safely. Watch for pedestrians and other vehicles, and park in designated areas.

Have a Communication Plan: Establish a communication plan with your group in case you get separated during the event. Set meeting points and times to regroup if necessary.

Enjoy Safely: Finally, take the time to enjoy the eclipse safely! Follow these guidelines to protect yourself and others while witnessing this incredible natural phenomenon.

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