Fluorescent Lights—Bulbs and Tubes

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Broken bulb? Clean it up safely

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Fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, a toxin that is dangerous if inhaled. Follow these instructions to safely clean up a broken bulb and limit your exposure to mercury.

Avoid breathing vapors or touching broken materials. Do not vacuum or sweep up the debris.
  1. Open windows to vent vapors and leave the area for 15 minutes.
  2. Find a container to put the broken pieces into. You'll need to be able to seal it up afterwards.
  3. Scoop up large pieces with paper. Pick up small pieces and powder with tape.
  4. Wipe the area with a damp paper towel.
  5. Wash your hands.
  6. Take the sealed container to a LightRecycle Washington drop-off site.
  7. Do not throw in the trash.

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