Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are a new type of energy efficient light bulb designed to replace traditional incandescent bulbs. While these new bulbs are supposed to be more environmentally friendly by using less energy, CFLs also contain mercury which poses serious health risks when the bulbs are broken.
In addition, CFLs emit a small amount of UV radiation which may be an issue for sensitive people, such as those with certain types light-sensitive conditions. The UK Health Protection Agency reports that at 12 inches or closer, there are measurable levels of UV radiation being emitted from a single CFL bulb.
A report from Jackson State University presented a detailed analysis of the release of mercury vapors from CFLs. Results showed that the mercury content varied with brand, but that all CFLs continuously release mercury vapors once they are broken. Broken bulbs continued to release mercury 10 weeks after breakage.
In fact, the total amount of mercury vapor released from a broken CFL bulb can exceed the safe human exposure limit.
Safe Handling of CFL Bulbs
Since mercury vapor can be easily inhaled by people, rapid removal of broken CFLs and sufficient ventilation are critical protective measures. The EPA recommends wearing rubber gloves, ventilating the room and restricting access for 5-10 minutes before cleaning up. Other precautions are advised as well. Click here for detailed cleanup instructions from the EPA website.
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