Friday, October 8, 2010

Safety - Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)

A basic premise of physics ... every action has an equal and opposite reaction comes to mind ....
 Or perhaps, the seemingly true ....... all actions have unexpected consequences.

Just unpacked a box of brand new CFL's to more economically, and environmentally-correctly light my corner of the universe. What follows was found within the box of bulbs and labeled,

Proper Care And Disposal of CFLs-
CFL's are safe for your home and our environment with just a little care, but they do contain trace amounts of mercury. They should be handled and disposed of using a few simple precautions. Always screw and unscrew the bulb by its base (not the glass). If a CFL breaks, open the windows in the room for 15 minutes to air out the area. Use a piece of paper or cardboard to sweep up the broken pieces. Use a wet paper towel to wipe up any remaining glass fragments and place the broken pieces into a sealed plastic bag. CFLs should always be recycled. Never throw an intact CFL in the garbage. Visit for more information.

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