Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What Al Gore forgot to tell you about Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Guidelines for Cleaning Up Broken Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

■remove children, pregnant women and pets immediately

(they should not participate in or be present during the clean up process)

■ventilate the area well

■open a window and leave the room for at least 15 minutes

■wear gloves, a mask and safety glasses

■do not use a sweeper or a broom to clean it up

■do not turn on your heating or air conditioning system

■pick up big pieces with your fingers

■use sticky tape to get small pieces

■wipe the area with a wet rag

■place all broken materials collected as well as all materials used in the clean up process in a second sealed plastic bag (air tight) or a screw-top glass jar and remove them from the house.

■throw everything away that was used in the clean up process, including the rag and gloves.

■if the break occurs on a carpet, cut that piece of that carpet out and throw it away.

■wash your hands immediately

■call your local recycling center to see if they collect CFL bulbs, otherwise put it in the trash.

■as a preventative measure, it is suggested that compact fluorescent light bulbs should never be used in areas where there is carpeting or in sockets where a breakage is more likely to occur.

That’s an awful lot to go through just to reduce a tad of energy. It makes absolutely no sense. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that we haven’t solved anything with Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs, we’ve only created an even bigger and more toxic monster.  It makes my head hurt just thinking about it.

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