Many have heard about the use of energy saving light bulbs as an ecological and economic alternative to guarantee a minimum consumption of electric power, also as a respite to our planet earth, but how true?.

Have you ever wondered what it shines so strongly to the glass tube, responsible for emitting light, well, the issuing agent of the flash lighting is a small amount of mercury to be exact is 5 milligrams as recommended by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association North American (NEMA, for its acronym in English), but do any of you have come up read the envelope containing the focus when you buy?, if so noted that not indicate the precautions to be taken in case the bulb breaks, as well as to contain mercury mentioned, this device becomes a delicate handling because the only contact with the chemical element causes negative health reactions, as it is a colorless, odorless gas can be absorbed without realizing and cause the following according to the World Health Organization (WHO).:

“Tremors, impaired vision and hearing, paralysis, insomnia, emotional instability, growth deficiency during fetal development and concentration problems in childhood” are some of the disorders that causes exposure to mercury, explained in WHO document.

For this reason, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA for short) recommends this guide cleanup and disposal for fluorescent lamps:


1. If you break a fluorescent lamp, open the windows and leave the room (avoid access) at least 15 minutes.


2. Collect all fluorescent fragment you can without using a vacuum cleaner.

Wear plastic gloves to collect the fluorescent light bulb (do not use your bare hands).
Carefully remove the fragments and powder with stiff paper or cardboard.
Clean the area with a damp paper towel.
You can use tape to collect dust and small pieces of the lamp.
3. Place all materials used for cleaning in a plastic bag and seal the bag.


If no other disposal or recycling option available and if your state allows it, seal the used or broken fluorescent in two plastic bags and put them in the dumpster outside.
Wash your hands after disposing of the bag.

Here we leave a video that explains in detail the use and measures.

Although mentioned in the video that no danger whatsoever, make their forecasts, do not allow children to play with them, and in case of a broken bulb, follow the directions to the letter, worth more extreme caution in an upset unresolved, is not it?.

Source: saving lamps.

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