WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Calling someone a punk is not nice, but neither is selling fake solar glasses to people.
There are punks out there, specifically scammers, trying to sell fake solar glasses to people who want to witness the total solar eclipse on August 21.
We, unfortunately, live in a world where people are trying to make a quick buck.
This is a problem because if you want to safely watch the eclipse, you need to have the proper safety glasses.
Here's what you need to know.
Solar glasses need to be tested to make sure they are certified and meet international standards. Glasses that have met that standard will have ISO 12312-2 printed on them.
Filters that meet that standard are certified not only reduce visible sunlight to safe and comfortable levels but also block solar UV and IR radiation.
Part of the problem some people have is they buy glasses with ISO 12312-2 printed on the inside when they actually do not meet the standard.
That's why you're encouraged to make sure you know who you buy from.
Here are the only five companies that have met that standard:
You should also make sure the lenses on your eclipse glasses are not damaged and are in good condition. If they're a few years old, have tears, scratches or punctures, you should not use them and throw them out.
If the filters are beginning to detach or come loose from the frame you should also get rid of them.
There are more places to get solar glasses than online. Several businesses in Wichita are selling glasses>, some are even giving them away for free.
Trust they bought them through a reputable company, but it's still a good idea to inspect them yourself before you stare at the sun.