The solar eclipse is set to begin Monday afternoon. The full eclipse will take place around 2:44 p.m., while Pennsylvania is in the partial eclipse viewing point there are a few safety pointers to be aware of if you plan to look at the sky.

According to the Feasterville Fire Company:

  • Do not stop on or along the roadway to view the eclipse
  • Do not drive with eclipse glasses on
  • Avoid looking directly at the sun before, during or after the eclipse
  • Be aware of pedestrians who may stop to view the eclipse

If you plan to capture the eclipse with a camera or cell phone be sure to take pictures properly. NASA suggests several tips to go along with photographing the solar eclipse.

  • Special solar filter to protect camera – a pair of glasses over the lens can work!
  • Any camera will do – try a tripod, landscape shots for environmental changes or shutter release for several photos
  • Share! – NASA suggests those you capture the eclipse to share using the hashtag #Eclipse2017 and tag @NASAGoddard

Those viewing the solar eclipse must remember if eyesight is in jeopardy call 911 or check the Wills Eye Hosptial located in Northeast Philadelphia.

Impaired vision symptoms include:

  • Sudden vision loss
  • Pain around or in eye with redness
  • Halos or colored circles when looking at light
  • New floaters or spots/string/cobwebs/shadows in vision
  • Bulging of eyes or swelling of nearby tissue
  • Flashes or streaks of light
  • Double vision
  • Sudden crossed or wandering eyes
  • Crusting or excessive tearing
  • Eyelids stuck together when waking up
  • Sudden blurring that persists

 

Enjoy the solar eclipse, while the next one isn’t expected until April 8, 2024.