Health and Safety - Solar Eclipse

Eye Safety                                 Fire Safety                            Garbage and Solid Waste

Beach Safety                            Food Safety                          Water Safety

When to Call 911

Eye Safety

(Source: NASA.) Looking directly at the Sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the Moon entirely blocks the Sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.

What you can do: The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun.

To date four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products.

  • Rainbow Symphony
  • American Paper Optics,
  • Thousand Oaks Optical
  • TSE 17.
  • An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed Sun is pinhole projection. For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other. With your back to the Sun, look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the Sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse. (More details: NASA/Safety)

DO NOT

  • look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • look at the Sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.

If you are within the path of totality remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the Sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright Sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.

Beach Safety

When visiting the scenic Oregon coast and participating in recreational activities, safety should be a concern. Tragic water accidents happen quickly. The most common reason for aquatic mishaps is a lack of safety knowledge. (More details: Oregon Coast Visitors Association)

Fire Safety

Keep fire prevention as a top priority as you head out to enjoy what Oregon has to offer. The Oregon Department of Forestry excellent information. Please review these best practices whether you are at work or play.

Garbage and Solid Waste

The community comes together to enjoy events, but in the process a tremendous amount of waste is generated, much of it recyclable. The single most effective tool in reducing waste at special events is planning ahead. Please consider self-haul options for both recycling and garbage as dumpsters reach maximum capacity.  

Food Safety

Bacteria and viruses are common in the environment. Most don't cause illness. However, some can make people sick if they are eaten in contaminated food. Foodborne illnesses can have a variety of symptoms, but often include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea.

If you think you have a foodborne illness

See your health care provider if you have:

  • High fever (over 101.5 F, measured orally)
  • Blood in your stool
  • Prolonged vomiting that prevents keeping liquids down
  • Signs of dehydration, including less urine, dry mouth and throat, and feeling dizzy when standing up
  • Diarrhea that lasts more than 3 days

How to report a foodborne illness:  Call Lincoln County Public Health at 541-265-4112.  After hours call 541-265-4231

More info from Oregon Public Health

Water Safety

Reduce your chances of water-related illness by taking these actions:

  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers
  • Don’t go in the water when ill (or recently ill) with diarrheal illness
  • Shower with soap before and after you enter recreational waters
  • Don’t swallow the water
  • Take bathroom breaks at least every 60 minutes

More info from Oregon Public Health

Before you head to the water (from the CDC)

  • DO learn to swim. If you like to have a good time doing water activities, being a strong swimmer is a must.
  • DO take a friend along. Even though you may be a good swimmer, you never know when you may need help. Having friends around is safer and just more fun!
  • DO know your limits. Watch out for the "too's" — too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much hard activity.
  • DO swim in supervised (watched) areas only, and follow all signs and warnings.
  • DO wear a life jacket when boating , jet skiing, water skiing, rafting, or fishing. [Cartoon drawing of a raft]
  • DO stay alert to currents. They can change quickly! If you get caught in a strong current, don't fight it. Swim parallel to the shore until you have passed through it. Near piers, jetties (lines of big rocks), small dams, and docks, the current gets unpredictable and could knock you around. If you find it hard to move around, head to shore. Learn to recognize and watch for dangerous waves and signs of rip currents — water that is a weird color, really choppy, foamy, or filled with pieces of stuff.
  • DO keep an eye on the weather. If you spot bad weather (dark clouds, lighting), pack up and take the fun inside.
  • DON'T mess around in the water. Pushing or dunking your friends can get easily out of hand.
  • DON'T dive into shallow water. If you don't know how deep the water is, don't dive.
  • DON'T float where you can't swim. Keep checking to see if the water is too deep, or if you are too far away from the shore or the poolside.

Boating Safety (from the CDC)

Wear it. Properly fitted life jackets can prevent drownings and should be worn at all times by everyone on any boat. Comfortable Coast Guard-approved life jackets are now widely available.

Don't Drink. Alcohol use affects judgment, vision, balance, and coordination, and is involved in about a third of all recreational boating fatalities. Boating under the influence of alcohol is just as deadly as drinking and driving. Not only is it dangerous to operate a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it's also illegal in every state in the United States.

It's not just boat operators at risk from drinking while boating. Passengers are at greater risk of injury as well. In fact, 46% of all boating fatalities occurred when vessels were docked, anchored, or drifting. Due to sun exposure and heat, both operators and passengers are likely to become impaired more quickly, drink for drink, when on the water. So play it safe and avoid alcohol when you're on a boat.

Take a Course. More than 7 out of every 10 boating incidents are caused by operator error. Boating education courses teach the rules for safe operation and navigation of recreational boats, and can help boat operators keep their passengers safe.

Get a Vessel Safety Check. The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is a free public service provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadron volunteer organizations. For more information on the VSC Program, visit their web site: www.vesselsafetycheck.org .

Know about carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that is emitted by all internal combustion engines, such as boat engines and onboard motor generators. In the early stages, the symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to seasickness, but CO can kill in a matter of minutes, whether you are inside or outside of your boat. To avoid CO poisoning, be aware of the risk, ensure sufficient ventilation, properly install and maintain equipment, and use CO detectors, especially in living and sleeping areas.

When to use 911

Use 911 when life or property are in danger or could become endangered if the situation continues. Any crime that happened within the last 15 minutes or where the suspect(s) is/are still in the area.