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What To Do If A Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Breaks In Your Home
So, one of the CFL's has broken in your home and now what do you do?
Did you know that there are certain steps you will need to take in order to reduce the exposure to mercury vapor you may face because of the broken bulb? Fluorescent bulbs contain a small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing that can release as a vapor when broken and continue to release the vapor until appropriately cleaned and removed from your home.
Here are some highlights and below is a link to the US Environmental Protection Agency Cleanup and Disposal Overview
Have people and pets leave the room
Air the room out
Do not vacuum
Collect all of the broken glass and visible powder
stiff paper or cardboard
damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes
a glass jar with metal lid or a sealable plastic bag
Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors, take outside into trash container until materials can be disposed of properly.
Continue to air out the room where the bulb was broke and leave the HVAC system off for several hours
Once you have the area cleaned, empty vacuum bag, and on subsequent cleaning of the area, shut off HVAC and close doors to that area while cleaning that room and dispose of the vacuum bag as well.
Wash your hands with soap and water after disposing of the materials
Actions you can take to avoid or prevent broken compact fluorescent light bulbs
Always allow the bulb to cool off before handling
Never forecfully twist the glass tubing
Choose not to install CFL bulbs in floor or table lamps that can be easily knocked over
Choose instead to use LED bulbs, or Halogen bulbs
Purchase CFL bulbs that have a protective cover over the spiral glass tube
If you cannot follow all the recommended steps or if you have already cleaned up after a broken CFL, what should you do?
Don't be alarmed; the steps outlined are only precautions that reflect best practices for cleaning up a broken CFL. Keep in mind that CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury -- less than 1/100th of the amount in a mercury thermometer.
However, if you are concerned about your health after cleaning up a broken CFL, consult your local poison control center by calling 1-800-222-1222. You can call your center any time you have questions or in an emergency. You can also consult your physician about potential health effects from mercury exposures.
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