How to Dispose of Fluorescent Bulbs

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Fluorescent bulbs are great for the environment, but they should be disposed of by placing them in a plastic bag so that a broken bulb does not release toxic gases. Discover how to ventilate a house after a fluorescent bulb has been broken with help from... View Video Transcript

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Rachel Yatuzis

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and I'm going to show you how to dispose of compact fluorescent bulbs, or any fluorescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs are awesome, because they save the environment, and they last for like seven years. This light bulb will last forever. They'll even say on the package, seven to ten years. You could live in a house, and the entire time you live in the house, never have to replace a light bulb. They use tons less energy, your light bill will go down. There's so many reasons to use them, but the one bad thing, is if you have kids, you know the dangers of mercury, and how toxic it is to your children, so light bulbs like this can be dangerous, if they break, and the mercury that they contain, you need to dispose of them, get them out of the house as quick as possible, I guess, so when the light bulb goes out, after seven or eight years, you want to get it into a plastic bag. If you want to use a ziplock bag, that's fine too. I would say, double bag it, with some plastic bags, and take it outside to the trash. That way, if something does get thrown on top of it, and the bulb breaks, it's outside in a well ventilated area. If you have a bulb that's broken, in your home, turn off your heating and air unit, so the air is not circulating, and open all the doors and windows. This will ventilate your house, and get all those toxic fumes and things, out of the house. Get the kids out, everybody go outside, and let the house air out for a good hour, before you go back in. Whoever is brave enough to go back in after that, grab some duct tape, and use this to get all the shards of glass, that may be stuck in the carpet or something like that, that they'll stick to the duct tape, and make sure to get all the pieces of the compact fluorescent bulb up completely, before it's safe to walk around in your bare feet, or something like that. I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and that's how you dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs.