If you're planning to join the masses to view the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, make sure you have the right safety gear!

There's been so much hype and concern over the upcoming total eclipse.

Payette County commissioners announced a local emergency/disaster declaration yesterday which will be in effect until September 5. With anywhere from 10,000 to up to 100,000 people expected to make their way to the area, they anticipate to respond to more traffic congestion issues, accidents, increased medical calls, and fires.

It’s not a huge surprise, considering we can’t have anything nice, that there are people out there who try to profit off of this event.

Phony eclipse glasses are currently flooding the marketplace, according to the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

So, how do you know that your eclipse glasses or handheld viewers are safe?

You can check out the full list of trustworthy suppliers and vendors, HERE.

Seriously, don't take a chance with your eyesight or your family's. It's just not worth it.

NASA also has information about eclipse glasses and safe solar viewing, HERE.

IMPORTANT: You need specialized gear to view the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun. Regular sunglasses, no matter how dark they are, won't cut it. If you look at the sun without certified safety equipment, serious and permanent eye damage can result.