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Important Safety Reminder: Solar Eclipse on April 8

Safety Emergency Preparedness

A total solar eclipse will occur during Spring Break on Monday, April 8. In Washington, a partial eclipse will be visible during the morning hours from approximately 10:39 to 11:29 a.m. We want to remind families about the importance of eclipse safety. As a reminder, the time of the eclipse will vary if you are traveling outside of Washington.

Looking directly at the sun, especially during an eclipse, can cause serious and permanent damage to eyesight. Please take some time to explain the risks and importance of safe viewing practices to your children.

Here are some key things to emphasize when talking with kids about eclipse safety:

  • Never look directly at the sun: Remind your children never to look directly at the sun without appropriate eye protection. Even during a partial eclipse, the sun's rays can be harmful to the eyes.
  • Use proper eye protection regular sunglasses are NOT adequate! Ensure your children use only approved solar viewing glasses when observing the eclipse. These glasses are specially designed to filter out harmful ultraviolet and infrared radiation, allowing for safe viewing of the sun.

Learn more about solar eclipse safety, on NASA's website. Their site also includes a map of the total eclipse, and a timetable for viewing it in different locations.

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