6 Important Solar Eclipse Safety Tips

by | Jun 14, 2016 | Eclipses

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In case you haven’t heard the news, a total eclipse of the sun is coming up in the United States on August 21, 2017. Because this event is so rare it is already generating a great deal of excitement and most people plan to witness this marvel of the universe. However, it is very important to be safe during the eclipse and these 6 solar eclipse safety tips will help to keep you and your family safe from harm.

1. Never Stare Directly into the Sun

Normally, it’s pretty easy to avoid looking straight into the sun. However, when a solar eclipse occurs, you can view it and may not even realize you could be damaging your vision.

2. Always Use Proper Solar Filters or Shades When Viewing

Approved solar eclipse viewing glasses and viewers are not expensive. In fact, you can buy them for less than one dollar per viewer. This is the best way to ensure you are viewing the eclipse in safety.

3. Don’t Believe Everything People Tell You

Of all the eclipse safety tips, this is the most important. Some people will tell you it is fine to view an eclipse through negative photographic film. In fact, some believe standard sunglasses are all you need but this is not true. Standard sunglasses do not provide the kind of UV light protection your eyes need. Plus, tinted glass and photographic film are not effective solar filters.

4. Know Where the Children Are

Kids (especially small kids) might be playing outside when the eclipse occurs. If so, make sure they have approved eye protection or they are safely inside the house.

5. Teach Your Family about Solar Eclipse Safety

Talk to everyone in the family about the upcoming eclipse on August 21, 2017. Make sure they understand the dangers of looking directly at it, and know all about proper viewing techniques.

6. Why Make Your Own Viewer?

Perhaps you have heard about an easy “do it yourself’ solar eclipse viewer. You can make a safe viewer using paper or cardboard but you may be disappointed in the results. The US has not experienced an event like this since the 1970s, so spend the money on approved viewing equipment. It is very inexpensive and you will be glad you took the time and expense to view such an amazing event, the right way. Share these helpful eclipse safety tips with others, so everyone in your circle of influence will have a safe and rewarding experience.