Thursday, 19 October, 2017

Amazon recalls solar glasses

Library giving out 500 pairs of eclipse glasses on Monday Oak Park Public Library to host eclipse viewing party
Theresa Hayes | 13 August, 2017, 21:46

Amazon is refunding customer purchases for protective solar eclipse glasses that it hasn't been able to confirm come from a reputable manufacturer, according to a safety notification from the company.

'The product description said that they were ISO certified.so I thought I was getting a safe glasses, ' Vokoun said.

On Saturday, KGW's photography staff received an email from Amazon, explaining the solar filters the station purchased for the August 21 total solar eclipse were not confirmed safe for viewing.

Also, do not look at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device - even using your eclipse glasses or viewer.

When purchasing eclipse glasses be certain ISO 12312-2 (or EN1836) is printed somewhere on them.

Solar eclipse glasses are flying off the shelves. Saturday morning, Fischer got word from Amazon that the glasses the union ordered may not meet the safety requirements.

Fayetteville Public Library - The library is giving away the glasses while supplies last during an eclipse prep event on Sunday (Aug. 13) from 1:30-4 p.m. The glasses are available at the clinic front desk between regular office hours, 8 a.m.to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

An Amazon spokesperson said Amazon is responding "out of an abundance of caution".

"As a retailer they are recalling the glasses", said Fischer.

In light of recent news about potentially defective or counterfeit eclipse-viewing glasses, Dr. Michael Chipps - president of Northeast - sent an email reassuring the "college family" that the solar eclipse glasses being distributed by Northeast were manufactured in the United States and have been certified by the British Standards Institute.