What should I do if my CFL bulb breaks?

Keep in mind that CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury -- but it is less than 1/100th of the amount in a mercury thermometer. Because of that, there are some precautions that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests you take, including: air out the room for 5 - 10 minutes; scoop up broken pieces and powder with a stiff paper or cardboard and place in a sealed plastic bag; place debris outdoors in  trash container. For more details, click here

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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