Anticipation of the Aug. 21 eclipse has become a source of excitement for many, but according to the Greenville police chief and public works director, there are safety precautions that need to be known in preparation for the big event.
Chief Ken Miller encouraged residents to download the Greenville Police Department app and follow the GPD on social media for real-time tips, traffic issues and other important information regarding the eclipse. In the conference, several of the tips and traffic reminders were mentioned that are intended to help keep residents who want to view the event, safe.
Some of the tips included staying off rooftops, as it could result in the rooftop collapsing. The city officials advised that residential decks, porches and balconies are also dangerous areas that could collapse, so residents should congregate in those areas with caution. The officials also discouraged everyone from viewing the eclipse or wearing eclipse glasses while driving and stopping in the roadway or on the side of the road to view the eclipse. Eclipse viewers are encouraged to be at their preferred viewing destination well before the event takes place.
The city has also reserved two places for public viewing: the Poinsett Garage (25 W McBee Ave., adjacent to Westin Poinsett Hotel) and the Commons Garage (60 Beattie Place, adjacent to Hyatt Regency). Wristbands will be given out to a limited number of pedestrians at each location on Aug. 21 beginning at noon.
For more information on eclipse dos and don'ts, rules for the public viewing sites, and more, visit www.greenvillesc.gov.