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Old 09-19-2010, 12:23 PM
 
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I saw energy saving bulbs at walmart at a good price but I hear they are dangerous . Is this fiction ? Will a broken bulb harm my cats ?
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Safety Tips for Energy Efficient Fluorescent Light Bulbs - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com
If you encounter a broken fluorescent bulb or tube, there are some steps you need to take. Open a window to provide ventilation for any mercury vapors. Everyone, including pets, should leave the room for at least 15 minutes. After waiting a sufficient amount of time use something disposable to sweep up glass fragments and powder: for example, some thin pieces of cardboard. Dump the debris into a plastic bag and seal it.

Also , there is no warning on the box containing the bulbs about any danger .



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Old 09-19-2010, 12:28 PM
 
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Yes, there's mercury in fluorescent bulbs and yes, its dangerous but I think it is a bit overblown... for instance, a small instance of very minute exposure isn't likely to harm you but repeated exposure will... the problem with fluorescent bulbs is that when they get dumped, they leach into the groundwater and get into animals... making you chronically exposed and at doses much higher than mercury vapors from a broken fluorescent bulbs... the reason they aren't illegal is that they consume much less power than incandescent bulbs... its why we should all move to LED bulbs, consume less and less toxic but they should be carefully recycled (as well as carefully produced)... as in don't do it like China does...
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Old 09-19-2010, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I saw energy saving bulbs at walmart at a good price but I hear they are dangerous . Is this fiction ? Will a broken bulb harm my cats ?
Is this link true ?
Safety Tips for Energy Efficient Fluorescent Light Bulbs - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com
If you encounter a broken fluorescent bulb or tube, there are some steps you need to take. Open a window to provide ventilation for any mercury vapors. Everyone, including pets, should leave the room for at least 15 minutes. After waiting a sufficient amount of time use something disposable to sweep up glass fragments and powder: for example, some thin pieces of cardboard. Dump the debris into a plastic bag and seal it.

Also , there is no warning on the box containing the bulbs about any danger .



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Yes, it's true that all fluorescent bulbs and tubes contain mercury. That's the reason why it's illegal for electricians to toss fluorescent lights in the trash can. The lights are supposed to be collected and disposed of as hazardous waste. The warnings about mercury are on the bulb's package. But these laws don't apply at private homes, and most people have no idea of the dangers involved.
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Old 09-19-2010, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Yes, it's true that all fluorescent bulbs and tubes contain mercury. That's the reason why it's illegal for electricians to toss fluorescent lights in the trash can. The lights are supposed to be collected and disposed of as hazardous waste. The warnings about mercury are on the bulb's package. But these laws don't apply at private homes, and most people have no idea of the dangers involved.
So now we will have those tossed bulbs filling our garbage dumps rather than haz waste sites.
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Old 09-19-2010, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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I saw energy saving bulbs at walmart at a good price but I hear they are dangerous . Is this fiction ? Will a broken bulb harm my cats ?
Is this link true ?
Safety Tips for Energy Efficient Fluorescent Light Bulbs - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com
If you encounter a broken fluorescent bulb or tube, there are some steps you need to take. Open a window to provide ventilation for any mercury vapors. Everyone, including pets, should leave the room for at least 15 minutes. After waiting a sufficient amount of time use something disposable to sweep up glass fragments and powder: for example, some thin pieces of cardboard. Dump the debris into a plastic bag and seal it.

Also , there is no warning on the box containing the bulbs about any danger .

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You are talking about minute quantities of mercury. Also many stores are recycling the bulbs. Home Depot has large orange bins out front to recycle them.

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Old 09-19-2010, 12:53 PM
 
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Another reason why trending environmentalists are retards.

Let's replace a nice, bright cheap bulb that's been in place for 150 years with a mercury filled CFL that takes time to illuminate at 100%.

Even more ironic when you consider this country banned mercury-vapor bulbs over 20 years ago in public places only to have them reappear today under a different type of lighting method in your own home!
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:07 PM
 
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You are talking about minute quantities of mercury. Also many stores are recycling the bulbs. Home Depot has large orange bins out front to recycle them.
I got mostly yesses and your post . What my worry is ... that my cats break the bulb and they are harmed. I have concluded that they are safe when they are hole .
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:10 PM
 
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So now we will have those tossed bulbs filling our garbage dumps rather than haz waste sites.
You got it! Mercury leeching into groundwater from landfills is the "green" excuse for banning incandescent bulbs.

When will people wake up and realize that this "green" crap is mostly a farce made to benefit corporations, politicians, and carbon traders?
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Houston area, for now
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There is mercury in them I saw a report on TV once that said leave the room for 10 minutes but the reporter stood there and explained why. It would be the same danger as a broken thermostat. so don't sweat it.
How ever I would point out that in an effort to save the environment all CF L's are made in China.
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