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Ecological light bulbs contain mercury. Mercury is a powerful neurotoxin that is particularly toxic to children and pregnant women. Mercury is particularly toxic by the brain, nervous system, liver and kidneys.
Many of us are aiming to save energy and money replaced the old standard bulbs with new ecological lamps that save energy.
However, a new generation of energy-efficient light bulbs is so toxic that the Environmental Protection Agency United States launched an extraordinary protocol implemented in the event of breakage of the bulb and release toxic gas.
A study carried out by scientists from Fraunhofer Wilhelm Klaudic Institute has shown that these light bulbs, if they break indoors, they emit 20 times more mercury than the maximum allowed.
Energy-efficient light bulbs can cause:
- Inability to concentrate
What to do when one of these breaks?
Everybody must evacuate the home.
Open the house windows and doors.
You need to shut down the HVAC, furnace, and AC units.
Collect some sticky tape, cardboard, damp paper towel and a glass jar with a lid
Do not use a broom to dispose of. This will further spread the mercury thoroughly the home.
Do not use a vacuum cleaner. This will also further spread the mercury throughout the home.
Clean up the broken glass with sticky tape or paper and place into a glass jar.
When complete, seal the glass jar and tape up the lid.
After cleaning, stay out of home for several hours with windows open.
Contact your local authorities for proper disposal.
For now, it may be free to dispose broken or burnt-out CFL light bulbs at some city halls, certain post office branches, or at a local gas station with a hazardous waste drop off.
CLICK HERE FOR THE EPA AND THEIR SUGGESTIONS FOR PROPER DISPOSAL
Unfortunately, the bad news is that the old bulbs will soon no longer be available.
Here are the recommended light bulbs : LED Light Bulb 60Watt – 6Pack or LED Light Bulb 100Wat – 8Pack.
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