TN Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Affairs issues consumer alert ahead of April 8 solar eclipse

Published 3:02 pm Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office issued a warning to consumers on Wednesday regarding the upcoming solar eclipse slated for April 8.

While the Volunteer State is not within the path of totality for the full solar eclipse, many Tennesseans are anticipated to observe the event. Past eclipses have led to viewers suffering eye injuries, including severe and permanent damage, either by gazing directly at the sun without protection or by using eclipse viewing glasses falsely marketed as providing adequate protection.

The Attorney General’s Office emphasized the importance of purchasing viewing gear from reputable sources. Events like solar eclipses often attract unscrupulous sellers who prioritize profit over consumer safety.

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To assist consumers in finding reliable eclipse glasses, the American Astronomical Society has compiled a list of trustworthy sellers and distributors whose products meet specific international safety standards. Consumers can access the list via the following link: Suppliers of Safe Solar Viewers & Filters | Solar Eclipse Across America ( Additionally, the link provides additional tips on safely observing the sun.

The Attorney General’s Office reminded the public to observe the eclipse safely and never to look directly at an eclipse without proper protective gear.