The 2017 total solar eclipse is almost here. Please remember these quick safety tips to help yourself and others remain safe.
NASA provides some safety tips for viewing the eclipse. These tips include:
- Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
- Always supervise children using solar filters.
- Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
- Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, sunglasses or other optical device.
- Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
More viewing safety tips from NASA can be found at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety
The National Weather Service has also created page to help track the Eclipse through Montana, and has included viewing safety tips, eclipse timing, and other great information. http://www.weather.gov/source/crh/eclipse.html?sid=byz
When traveling or camping to view the eclipse, please remember that the wildfire season is underway and follow these tips:
- Check for current burn restrictions.
- Never leave a fire unattended. Completely extinguish the fire by dousing it with water and stirring the ashes until cold. Always extinguish the fire before sleeping or leaving the campsite for any reason.
- When camping, take care when using and fueling lanterns, stoves, and heaters. Make sure lighting and heating devices are cool before refueling. Avoid spilling flammable liquids and store fuel away from appliances.
- Do not discard cigarettes, matches, and smoking materials from moving vehicles, near dry grass or brush. Dispose of completely extinguished cigarettes in an appropriate receptacle.
- Don’t allow chains to drag on the road. Check your towing vehicle for loose and low hanging chains that can sparks.
- Carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle and learn how to use it.
- Don’t drive onto dry grass or through brush. The heat from exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires.
Enjoy the eclipse and remember to be safe. Below are more links to find information on the 2017 Eclipse.