Here is an observation that is tantamount to ridiculousness.
My wife, who is a most responsible consumer and surely safety conscious shouted in horror, “Did you see this (pointing to the bottom of the linen closet)?”
While I was reading something her alarm jolted me into the conscious world. “What is it,” I wondered?
First, I thought that it might be the return of a mouse that I am sure we eliminated, but one never knows. Oh my, that would be a disastrous occurrence.
I arose from my chair to see where she was pointing and there before me was a broken light bulb.
Now, we have replaced all of the old fashioned bulbs long ago, and now have the more expensive, long-lasting green living bulbs that operate more efficiently. That is the good news.
The bad news is that they are a huge environmental and personal safety hazard, each and every one of them. Imagine, our nation is now flooded with dangerous light bulbs.
I always thought those halogen lamps were a hazard. Everyone seemed to have one of those extraordinarily bright burning lamps until they began getting knocked over and causing house fires. They could even burn when they were turned off. That was hazardous too.
But now, most all of the popular bulbs are so dangerous they carry warnings and special handling instructions.
If these bulbs are that dangerous, and I believe that they are, then why are they being manufactured and sold to consumers willy-nilly?
“Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) | US EPA
Have people and pets leave the room.
Air out the room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to the outdoor environment.
Shut off the central forced air heating/air-conditioning system, if you have one.
Collect materials needed to clean up broken bulb:
stiff paper or cardboard;
damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes (for hard surfaces); and
a glass jar with a metal lid or a sealable plastic bag.
DO NOT VACUUM. Vacuuming is not recommended unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken. Vacuuming could spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapor.
Be thorough in collecting broken glass and visible powder. Scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard. Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder. Place the used tape in the glass jar or plastic bag. See the detailed cleanup instructions for more information, and for differences in cleaning up hard surfaces versus carpeting or rugs.
Place cleanup materials in a sealable container.
Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials, including vacuum cleaner bags, outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of. Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors.
Next, check with your local government about disposal requirements in your area, because some localities require fluorescent bulbs (broken or unbroken) be taken to a local recycling center. If there is no such requirement in your area, you can dispose of the materials with your household trash.
If practical, continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the heating/air conditioning system shut off for several hours.”