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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Are CFL bulbs in your home

Any cartoon you see, where the person is thinking, usually has a light bulb symbol above their head. Now in today's energy independent days it's not a regular light bulb, its CFL.

CFL stands for compact fluorescent light, which is used around the globe in homes as well as offices. The benefits of using this bulb is the life of the bulb is so much longer. The electricity the bulb uses is less, and there is little heat from the bulb.

The disadvantage of the CFL bulb is that it contains mercury. The small trace of high toxic substance that is extremely hazardous if it is digested or even if it is inhaled. If one of these bulbs are broke in your home or business it is not life threatening if handled in the proper way. Young children, pregnant women or even your precious pets are at risk.

  1. Before you do any cleanup 
    • Have any people and your pets leave the room.
    • Air out that room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door.
    • Shut off the central forced air heating/air-conditioning system.
    • Collect all the materials needed to clean up broken bulb.
  1. During the cleanup
    • Be sure you are thorough in collecting broken glass and any visible powder.
    • Make sure you place any cleanup materials in a sealable container.
  1. After you are done the cleanup
    • Make sure you promptly place all of the bulb debris and the cleanup materials outdoors in a trash container or a  protected area until you can be disposed of them properly. Make sure you avoid leaving any of the bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors of your home or business.
    • Try to continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the heating/air conditioning system shut off for several hours if possible, but it would be best to do so.
    • Following and knowing about these bulbs are important, you can find more information on the Internet. 


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