Wednesday, May 4, 2011

How to Avoid Harmful Mercury Vapor if the Bulb Breaks

CFLs and fluorescent lamps are a sustainable lighting solution, as they give off the same amount of light as traditional incandescent lamps but are four to six times more efficient. However, CFLs and fluorescent lamps contain hazardous mercury vapor, which is emitted when these fragile bulbs break and causes significant health and safety issues, as well as environmental concerns.

If a CFL or fluorescent lamp breaks in your home, what should you do? Studies have found that mercury concentration in a room can exceed permissible exposure levels, even from the breakage of a single CFL. To prevent these potential health and safety threats from broken bulbs, the EPA offers a detailed clean-up guide:

Brad Buscher
Chairman and CEO
VaporLok Products LLC

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