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Safety Tips For 2017 Solar Eclipse Event

Hopkinsville, KY - The Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) remains activated to support the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Officials are urging citizens and visitors to heed safety messages regarding Eclipse safety. Here are some general guidelines to review.

Travel Safety Tips:

  • Ensure you have an emergency kit for your car in case you are stranded on roadways.

  • Get important traffic information at

  • Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination and plenty of time to get home safely. Buckle up, slow down, don't drive impaired.

  • Be well rested and alert.

  • Use caution in work zones.

  • Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones and texting.

  • Observe speed limits - driving too fast or too slow can increase your chance of being in a collision.

  • Be respectful of other motorists and follow the rules of the road.

  • Don't follow another vehicle too closely.

  • If you plan on drinking, designate a driver who won't drink.

Health and Food Safety
  • Ensure you have an emergency kit for your family and car in case you are stranded

  • Pack plenty of water for high heat temperatures during events. Drink plenty of fluids and increase your normal fluid intake regardless of your activity level

  • Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen.

  • Apply an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellent such as DEET, picardin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or a para-methane-diol or 2-undecanone.

  • Be sure your hands are clean to avoid sickness and spreading of germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Ensure eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers meet the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 12312-2 international standard for eye and face protection products intended for direct observation of the sun (homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are NOT safe for looking at the sun). Telescopes with solar filters can be used - never look through a telescope without a solar filter on the large end of the scope and never use small solar filters that attach to the eyepiece as found on some older telescopes.

Air Safety
  • If flying your private aircraft, be vigilant in your surroundings. There will be many aircraft flying due to Eclipse operations.

  • DRONE RESPONSIBLY!! There are rules and regulations for unmanned aircraft (drones). Learn how to fly and where to fly at

Crowd Safety
Think CROWD safety and about the safety of your children if you venture out to populated Eclipse events. Here are a couple of tips for keeping young ones safe in large crowds:
  • Keep a diligent eye on your children.

  • Dress your group alike or in bright-colored, unique clothing.

  • Before leaving the house, take a photo of your child with a camera or phone. If you become separated, you will have an up-to-date photo of your child and what he or she is wearing to give to officials.

  • Pick a place to rendezvous with your group if you become separated.

  • Remind younger children to avoid strangers, and help them identify police officers or officials to go to when lost.

  • Place your phone number in your child's pocket in case you're separated.

  • Keep your phone charged and on. Program it to vibrate as well as ring.

Fire Safety
With the increase of tent and RV campers visiting the Eclipse viewing areas, fire safety is extremely important. Officials offer these tips:
  • Know the rules of your camp area and any fire restrictions. If your camp area allows small fires, they should be in a fire pit and have extinguishable methods close by. Never leave a fire unattended and completely extinguish it before leaving.

  • Grilling safety and propane usage: follow manufacturer's instructions. Do not leave unattended, shut off gas and turn grill off. Do not use propane inside a tent or enclosed area.

SPECIAL NOTICE: In a large portion of western Kentucky, tobacco farmers are in the process of "smoking/dark-firing" their tobacco in barns. This may cause passerby's to think a barn may be on fire, however, this is part of the curing process. The smoke will be light colored. If you see darker, more intense smoke and flames, do call 911.

This story was posted on 2017-08-21 08:58:51
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