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Mercury from broken energy saving bulb

(5 Posts)
Verycold Sun 23-Feb-14 19:10:07

Right. Dd broke one last night. It had been turned off a few mins before. I didn't send her out of the room immediately because I was trying to figure out what to do. Then did what they say - 15 mins ventilation, picking up pieces with sticky tape. Made dd, 12, sleep in a different room. Ventilated nearly constantly since last night apart from when dd closed window for two hours this am confused

Realistically, how bad could it be? I am driving myself insane reading stuff on google. shockshock

atomicyoghurt Sun 23-Feb-14 19:19:17

Don't panic. There's a tiny amount of mercury in a bulb and it's not going to hurt you or dd at all.

You'd need to smash several all at once to pose a risk.

If you are really worried and want complete peace of mind, buy some sulfur (eBay or garden centre) and sprinkle it over the area. Then vacuum or sweep up. I'm a chemist and this is how we deal with a mercury spill (I'm talking about huge silver blobs of mercury wobbling around).

Verycold Sun 23-Feb-14 19:21:39

My worry comes from it being mercury vapour, with breathing it in apparently being far worse than ingesting or touching it

atomicyoghurt Sun 23-Feb-14 19:25:22

It will all have disappeared by now. You did exactly the right thing!

Don't worry about it.

Verycold Sun 23-Feb-14 23:35:54

Thank you

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