So my wife wanted me to stop and get enough light bulbs to replace every light in the house. "I want these fluorescents out of my house!" she cried. Because a co-worker who is a student had to right a report recently, my wife was aware of some not so commonly known facts about compact fluorescent light(CFL) bulbs. She knew for instance that it's no simple clean up operation:
-Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.
-Shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system, if you have one.
-Carefully scoop up glass pieces and powder using stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
-If clothing or bedding materials come in direct contact with broken glass or mercury-containing powder from inside the bulb that may stick to the fabric, the clothing or bedding should be thrown away. Do not wash such clothing or bedding because mercury fragments in the clothing may contaminate the machine and/or pollute sewage.