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Old November 10th, 2010, 04:22 PM   #1
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Default Compact fluorescent bulbs...

So incandescent light bulbs are going to be illegal soon, thanks to the Government. CFL's will be your only option, til the price of LED bulbs come down so we can actually afford them. In the meantime, CFL's contain Mercury. The Government has given us some helpful hints on what to do if one breaks in your home. Good thing they are looking out for us.

Some of the things they want you to know...

Before Cleanup: Air Out the Room

* Have people and pets leave the room, and don't let anyone walk through the breakage area on their way out.
* Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.
* Shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system, if you have one.

Hope it doesn't happen in the middle of winter

Cleanup Steps for Carpeting or Rug

* Carefully pick up glass fragments and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
* Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder.

Cleanup Steps for Clothing, Bedding and Other Soft Materials

* If clothing or bedding materials come in direct contact with broken glass or mercury-containing powder from inside the bulb that may stick to the fabric, the clothing or bedding should be thrown away.

Yeah, since everyone can just throw away
bedding and buy new stuff

Disposal of Cleanup Materials

* Check with your local or state government about disposal requirements in your specific area. Some states do not allow such trash disposal. Instead, they require that broken and unbroken mercury-containing bulbs be taken to a local recycling center.

No problem

Future Cleaning of Carpeting or Rug: Air Out the Room During and After Vacuuming

* The next several times you vacuum, shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system and open a window before vacuuming.
* Keep the central heating/air conditioning system shut off and the window open for at least 15 minutes after vacuuming is completed.

Don't vacuum in the winter, either

Yep, good thing we won't be able to have those pesky incandescent bulbs anymore.

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