Eclipse Safety Tips From Fremont County Public Health
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5 Days until the Total Solar Eclipse
Are you ready?
In preparation of the expected large influx of visitors to Fremont County,
Public Health recommends the following:
• Stock up on household supplies such as food, water, medications, and cash. Internet and cell phone service may become interrupted. This means electronic funds may not be available at your bank or grocery store.
• Fill your vehicles with fuel. With an expected influx of visitors, fuel supplies could be depleted.
• West Nile Virus season is here. Bug spray that contains DEET is recommended, as directed.
• Remember the 5 D’s: Avoid being outside during Dusk and Dawn, Wear bug spray that contains DEET, Drain standing water, Dress in long sleeves and pants if you must be outdoors during times when mosquitoes are most active.
• Avoid dehydration. Make sure you are drinking enough water. Caffeinated and sweetened beverages do not replace body fluids as well as water. Drink at least six 8 ounce glasses of water per day. Make sure small children and the elderly have regular water intake as well. They can become dehydrated more quickly than the average person.
• Eye safety. Make sure the protective glasses or viewing devices meet the National Standards of Safety. To date, four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17. If scratched or damaged, do not use.
• Children are at increased risk of solar retinopathy because the lenses in their eyes are clear and crystalline-they do not block the UV and infrared light like those of adults.