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February 04, 2011


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The effects would be bad your pets too! They are closer to the floor and can be so darned curious!


Why not vacuum up leftover slivers of glass? As you say, from a budget of 5mg of Hg, a fair amount would evaporate quickly. Then, a fair amount would still be adhered to the bulk of the material that you sweep up and dispose. This would leave very little left to get stuck in the vacuum cleaner. After vacuuming, simply replace the bag. Even if it's a bagless, you can then run the vacuum cleaner outside for a few minutes to vacate the mercury. Remember, there's only 5mg of Hg to go around and that's that !

If you don't vacuum, you do run the risk of getting cut on a sliver of glass.


I read an article that if the dust from a broken fluorescent bulb gets on your clothes, you should throw the clothes away otherwise you will PERMANENTLY contaminate ALL clothes in and the WASHING MACHINE itself! Isn't this a little drastic? I thought mercury evaopates. How could it pass through your dryer unless you throw in a cup full of it?

Peter Garcia

I dont understand why they would even sell these flourescent lights if it's NOT safe...


i went to the shop with the bulb which stopped working and it broke on the way there because of the wind, should i be worried.

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