Ahead of solar eclipse, Attorney General of NY issues consumer report for eclipse glasses

Ahead of solar eclipse, Attorney General of NY issues consumer report for eclipse glasses
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NEW YORK (PIX11) — The Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, issued a consumer alert on Wednesday for solar eclipse glasses.

A total solar eclipse is expected to pass through the United States on Monday, and New York City will be experiencing a partial eclipse. James is asking New Yorkers to make sure their eclipse glasses are registered solar glasses.

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“On April 8, millions of New Yorkers and visitors will have the opportunity to view a magnificent solar eclipse, and they should do so safely by using properly certified glasses,” said James. “There are serious risks associated with not using proper eyewear when looking directly at an eclipse, which is why everyone should follow guidance to ensure their solar eclipse glasses are legitimate and safe to use. Some areas of New York will see an influx of visitors, and I encourage any consumer who has experienced a last-minute hotel cancellation, price gouging, or any other service disruption to contact my office.”

If you plan to watch Monday’s eclipse, glasses must be marked with the international safety standard certification number ISO 12312-2.

You can check the American Astronomical Society’s website to verify that the brand is registered as a “solar viewer brand.” If your glasses do not have this marking, the attorney general asks you to inform her office by filing a complaint online.

Matthew Euzarraga is a multimedia journalist from El Paso, Texas. He has covered local news and LGBTQIA topics in the New York City Metro area since 2021. He joined the PIX11 Digital team in 2023. You can see more of his work here.

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