Illinois Health Department Issues Recall on Eclipse Glasses


Illinois Health Department Issues Recall on Eclipse Glasses

The Illinois Department of Health has issued a warning for eclipse viewers to inspect their glasses following a recall of a brand that did not meet safety standards. The glasses in question were labeled as “Biniki Solar Eclipse Glasses AAS Approved 2024 – CE & ISO Certified Safe Shades for Direct Sun Viewing (6 Packs)” and were sold at various stores in Southern Illinois, including Farm Fresh Market in Breese, Highland Tru Buy in Highland, Perry County Marketplace in Pinckneyville, Sinclair Foods in Jerseyville, Steelville Marketplace in Steelville, and Big John Grocery in Metropolis.

With the total solar eclipse attracting thousands of visitors to Southern Illinois on Monday, an event that occurs only once every 375 years at a specific location on the planet, it is crucial to have proper eye protection. In Chicago, the eclipse will cause the moon to cover up to 94% of the sun at 2:07 p.m. Without certified eclipse glasses with a special-purpose solar filter, viewing the eclipse can result in serious eye damage, as noted by NASA.

The recalled glasses have been identified with the label “EN ISO 12312-1:2022,” as stated by the IDH. To ensure safety, eclipse glasses should bear the ISO designation of 12312-2. It is essential to check the certification and safety standards of eclipse glasses before using them to view the astronomical event.

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