Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New energy efficient bulbs--Don't break one!

The government is forcing us to transition from ordinary light bulbs to the new energy efficient light bulbs. Fox News pointed out tonight that they contain mercury so you should make sure you don't drop one. According to the EPA, these are the steps to take to clean up after one of the new bulbs gets broken:

  1. Before cleanup 
    • Have people and pets leave the room.
    • Air out the room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to the outdoor environment. 
    • Shut off the central forced air heating/air-conditioning system, if you have one.
    • Collect materials needed to clean up broken bulb.
  1. During cleanup
    • Be thorough in collecting broken glass and visible powder.
    • Place cleanup materials in a sealable container.
  1. After cleanup
    • Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of properly. Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors.
    • If practical, continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the heating/air conditioning system shut off for several hours.

1 comment:

crow said...

Seems like a lot of work for nothing.