Nowadays, the source of lightening energy is very significant and important for our living on this planet. To save money and energy, of course, a lot of individuals are starting to replace the old traditional light bulb with an environmental and welcoming energy saving light bulb.
Nevertheless, these light bulbs are so dangerous, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created an emergency protocol you must follow in the event of a bulb breakage, due to the poison gas that is released. Particularly, if broken inside, these light bulbs release 20 times the maximum acceptable mercury concentration into the air, according to a study conducted by scientists from the Fraunhofer Wilhelm Klauditz Institute for German’s Federal Environment Agency.
Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Can Cause:
- Cluster headaches
- Failure to concentrate
- Contain mercury
- Are carcinogenic
- 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 treatment must be followed in the event of a bulb damage, due to the poison gas that is released.
- Have people and animals leave the space.
- Air out the space for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to the outside environment.
- Shut down the main forced air heating/air-conditioning system, if you have one.
Collect materials needed to clean up broken bulb:
- Stiff paper or cardboard
- Sticky tape
- Moist paper towels or disposable wet wipes (for hard surfaces).
- A glass jar with a metal cover or a sealable plastic bag.
- DO NOT VACUUM! Vacuuming is not advised unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken. Vacuuming could spread out 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 little glass pieces and powder. Place the used tape in the glass jar or plastic bag.
- Place cleanup materials in a sealable container.
- Without delay place all bulb debris and cleanup products, including vacuum cleaner bags, outdoors in a garbage container or secured area until materials can be disposed of. Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or clean-up products inside your home.
- Next, consult your city government about disposal requirements in your area, due to the fact that 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 all the materials in 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 a few hours.