Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs – (CFLs)

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Did you know….

Compact Florescent lightbulbs (CLFs) have a small amount of mercury in them. These lightbulbs don’t cause harm while intact.

If a lightbulb with mercury is broken, What do you do?

  • Ventilate the room by opening a window or turning on a ceiling fan. Ventilate for 10-15 minutes.
  • Leave the room while it is airing out.
  • Wear rubber gloves to carefully pick up the broken glass and dispose into a plastic bag
  • Remove the mercury beads or dust with a thin  piece of paper or cardboard by swooping the matter onto it.
  • Dispose of it into the plastic bag with the broken glass.
  • Use sticky tape to remove any mercury or glass. Do not use a vacuum cleaner. Dispose of the tape into the plastic bag.
  • Use a dampened paper towel to remove any particles left behind from the broken lightbulb.

Home Depot and Lowes collect broken or unbroken light bulbs.

Who knew…..

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