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May 31st, 2007, 08:09 PM
Stellaluna's Avatar Super Mommy
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With "Going Green" being all the rage many of my friends and family are making the switch to CFL bulbs (Compact Flourescent Light). While economical and less expensive in the long run, the bulbs also contain a little known health risk. They contain mercury and while safe while they are intact they can pose a very real danger if broken. If one breaks ABSOLUTELY DO NOT vacuum it up. Sweep up the broken pieces (don't touch them with your bare skin) and then use a wet cloth to clean up the powder. Be sure to throw out the cloth afterwards. If the bulb happens to break on a carpet your best bet would be to open the windows, close off the area where the bulb broke call the local hazardous waste department for removal. In addition, when you're done using these bulbs they cannot be thrown in the garbage. You must dispose of them at a special recycling station (currenly most IKEA stores have them).

I can't tolerate flourescent lights so I'm holding out as long as incandescent light bulbs are still available but I know many are making the switch.

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May 31st, 2007, 08:31 PM
Butter's Avatar Heather the Mama Duk
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That's crazy. It seems a lot of "green" things are turning out to be no so green after all.

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May 31st, 2007, 08:49 PM
joandsarah77's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Yikes! I wonder if we have any of those.

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May 31st, 2007, 08:56 PM
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We have some of those and DH broke one right here in the livingroom. Of course, we didn't know it was hazardous so he just picked it up, threw it out and vacuumed the mess- we have since wet vac'd the carpet though so I'm sure its all gone....but still!!
I read the warnings AFTER all this happened!!

You'd think all that information would be ON THE PACKAGE of the lightbulb, wouldn't you?? But no.... being green is much more important that telling the truth about the latest fads!!! GRRR~!!

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