Have you cleared your calendar the afternoon of Monday, August 21? An estimated 1 billion North American eyeballs will have the opportunity to see the first coast to coast total solar eclipse in 99 years.
While this is a once in a lifetime event, knowing the potential risks associated with the eclipse before heading out could be an eye opener (pun intended!).
Getting Defensive with Your Driving
We all are guilty of it; becoming distracted as we drive by a car accident or seeing a deer in the woods. This Monday will be the ultimate driving distraction, the moon blocking out the entire sun!
The U.S Department of Transportation has provided tips to keep you and others safe on the road:
- More motorists will be on the road so drive defensively and anticipate drivers who will be distracted by the eclipse
- Do not take pictures while driving
- Turn on your headlights
- Do not stop and pull off onto the side of the road and watch out for those who do. An increase in pedestrian traffic is likely
“It’s best not to stare at the sun during an eclipse,” cautions Jeff Goldblum
- Never stare directly at the sun
- NASA suggests using special-purpose, solar filtered eclipse glasses and suggests these safety guidelines during the eclipse
- Be wary of phony glasses
- Eclipse safety glasses should meet the current standard for safe solar viewing: ISO 12312-2
- Not sure what brand to buy? Leave it to the experts! The AAS and NASA have posted a list of reputable solar filter brands here
California Dreaming . . . In the Dark
As the shift to renewable energy continues, the effects of a solar eclipse will be felt more immensely. Close to 4.7 million California homes are powered by solar energy and as much as 40 percent of the power grid is accounted for by solar, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
While Hydro-electric and Natural Gas supplies should be able to supplement the loss in solar, it will be a major and interesting test for the renewable energy power grid.
Are you considering the shift to solar power for your home? The benefits are undeniable but do you know the potential insurance risks?
Becoming One with Nature
As excitement for the solar eclipse mounts, millions will converge onto rural areas in it’s direct path. The rare influx of tourists is cause for concern to both the tourists themselves and the property owners opening up their land.
- Control your campfire with these tips
- Be sure to bring layers as temperatures could drop 20+ degrees Fahrenheit.
- Landowners should contact their insurance agent regarding current liability insurance. Find out what your state says about Agritourism
Monday will be a memory to last a lifetime. By following common sense and being safe, let’s make that memory a happy one.