Solar Eclipse Safety Tips

March 18, 2024 – The frenzy continues about the upcoming solar eclipse with Sulphur Springs being in the centerline pathway for April 8th. Many are making plans on how to capitalize or avoid the huge crowds of folks that will make their way into Hopkins County to experience the eclipse with a little longer total darkness by being in the centerline.

As residents and visitors prepare, “viewing safety” should be a top priority for anyone viewing the eclipse.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable Eclipse viewing experience, follow these essential tips:

  • Wear your glasses properly: Ensure the glasses fit snugly over your eyes, covering your entire field of vision. Do not peek around the frames while looking at the Sun.
  • Use glasses at the right times: Wear your Solar Eclipse glasses during the lead-up to and following Totality, when the moon doesn’t completely block the Sun’s rays. Remove the glasses only during Totality to experience the Eclipse’s full effect.
  • Ensure your glasses are compliant and approved: Confirm that your glasses meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard by checking if the manufacturer or reseller is listed on the American Astronomical Society’s website.
  • Inspect your glasses for damage: Check for scratches, punctures, or defects that could allow harmful sunlight to penetrate the lens. Do not use damaged glasses.
  • Avoid prolonged viewing: Limit your viewing time to brief intervals and take breaks to rest your eyes. Share your glasses with others if neither of you has a contagious eye condition.
  • Test your glasses before the Eclipse: You should only be able to see the Sun itself through the glasses, appearing like an intense orange ball. Everything else should be black.
  • Do not move around while wearing the glasses: The dark lenses will obscure your vision. Remove the glasses before moving to prevent injury.
  • Supervise children closely: Ensure children understand how to use the glasses safely and monitor their use to prevent eye injury.

Author: Chad Young

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