Solar eclipse Monday precautions and closures

A solar eclipse will be experienced throughout North America Monday August 21/2017. In the Niagara region, the eclipse should be in effect between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Viewing a solar eclipse without appropriate eye protection can lead to permanent eye damage from the infrared and ultraviolet radiation emitted from the sun.

A news release from the Town of Pelham on the solar eclipse said:  “To reduce the potential for this type of injury to users of various Pelham outdoor facilities, the Pelham Pool, located in Marlene Stewart Streit Park, 55 Park Lane in Fonthill, will be closed to the public from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition, Summer Camp participants will remain indoors during this timeframe.”

“Residents are cautioned against looking directly at the sun, or through sun glasses, binoculars, telescopes, cameras, colour glass or reflective objects such as mirrors.  Sun glasses will not protect against retinal injury,” the release said.

A press release from the City of Welland announced the closures of their facilities in the afternoon.

“City of Welland outdoor swimming pools (Memorial Park Pool, Maple Park Pool and Rosie Smith Pool) and the Welland Canoe Rental Program will be closed on Monday, August 21, 2017 between 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. due a solar eclipse, which will move through Niagara between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. according to Environment Canada,” the release said.

“City staff urge residents to take caution during these hours and educate children on the harmful effects of viewing a solar eclipse,” the release said. “City of Welland splash pads will remain open; however, staff ask residents to use at their own discretion.”

The OSPCA also recommends that people bring their pets inside during the eclipse to avoid damaging their eyes.



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