What to do if You Break A CFL Bulb
The replacement of incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs to conserve both energy and the heat given off by incandescent bulbs is now a part of all of our lives.
When an incandescent bulb broke, the only risk we had was the possibility of maybe being cut on the broken glass as we cleaned it up.
Now however, we have a different design for the new bulbs that we are advised that we must safely dispose of any broken bulbs.
The EPA and health official guidelines advise the following precautions for minimum exposure if you break a CFL bulb.
1. Get people and pets out of the room.
2. Air out the room for at least 10 minutes, preferably a couple hours.
3. Turn off air conditioning or heating systems.
4. Clean up broken glass and powder and seal it in airtight container.
5. Check with the local government about any additional disposal requirements. Take broken or burned bulbs to a recycling center - do not dispose of in the regular trash.
We are advised that these bulbs are perfectly safe and it sure does sound that way to me. How about you?