Nowadays, the source of lightening energy is very significant and important for our living on this planet. In order to, save money and energy, of course, most of the people are beginning to replace the old classic light bulb with an environmental and welcoming energy saving light bulb.
However, these light bulbs are so toxic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created an emergency protocol you need to follow in the event of a bulb breakage, due to the poison gas that is released. Namely, if broken indoors, these light bulbs release 20 times the maximum acceptable mercury concentration into the air, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Fraunhofer Wilhelm Klauditz Institute for German’s Federal Environment Agency.
Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Can Cause
- Cluster headaches
- Inability to concentrate
Energy-efficient light bulbs contain mercury
Energy–saving bulbs are carcinogenic
Energy saving light bulbs emit a lot of UV rays.
The Official E.P.A. Broken Bulb Clean-up Procedure
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the following emergency procedure should be followed in the event of a bulb breakage, due to the poison gas that is released.
— 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:
— Stiff paper or cardboard
— Damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes (for hard surfaces)
— A glass jar with a metal lid or a sealable plastic bag.
— DO NOT VACUUM. Vacuuming is not recommended unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken. Vacuuming could spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapor.
— Be thorough in collecting broken glass and visible powder. Scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard. Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder. Place the used tape in the glass jar or plastic bag. See the detailed cleanup instructions for more information, and for differences in cleaning up hard surfaces versus carpeting or rugs.
— Place cleanup materials in a sealable container.
— Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials, including vacuum cleaner bags, outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of. Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors.
— Next, check with your local government about disposal requirements in your area, because some localities require fluorescent bulbs (broken or unbroken) be taken to a local recycling center. If there is no such requirement in your area, you can dispose of the materials with your household trash.
— 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.