The article stated that, yes, there is some mercury in the bulbs but common sense should be used in clean up of a broken bulb. The article referenced the Maine state Web site, which offers these tips and others:
- Do not use a vacuum cleaner to clean up the breakage. This will spread the mercury vapor and dust throughout the area and could potentially contaminate the vacuum.
- Ventilate the area by opening windows before and hours after clean-up.
- Leave the area for 15 minutes before returning to begin the cleanup.
- Place broken pieces in a secure closed container, preferably glass.
- Remove the container with the breakage and cleanup materials from your home.
- Wash your hands and face after cleaning up.
Unbroken bulbs, of course, should be recycled.