Compact Florescent Nightmares

More ghoulish pranks from your “environmentally friendly” Marxist Green Monsters:

(This is a follow-up to yesterday’s article, Shining a Big-Watt Incandescent Bulb on Congress. Originally posted on Maggie’s Notebook.)

In case most folks aren’t aware, this past weekend Fox News did a special report on the extreme danger of the breakage of compact florescent bulbs – high degree of vaporized Mercury. This information can be found of the EPA web site but hardly on any green sites and surely not on any of the bulb packages.

Did you know that if one compact florescent bulb breaks you must evacuate your home for at least 15 minutes – that is after you’ve opened all the windows and turned off your heat or air? Oh in your rush, did you forget to pack the baby???

Did you know that when you return to your home to clean up the mess of shattered bulbs, you cannot use a broom or a vacuum cleaner? Did you know that you must pick the debris up with two pieces of cardboard and dump the debris into a sealable container that can be disposed of at a Mercury reclamation center? Did you know that if any shards are left you must pick them up with duct tape?

Once again, the unintended consequences of Marxist green utopian plans pushed into our lives!!!

Here’s the EPA’s simple and time-saving 11 step procedure!

Before cleanup: Vent the room
1. Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.
2. Shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system, if you have one.

Cleanup steps for hard surfaces
3. Carefully scoop up glass fragments 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.
4. Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder.
5. Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes and place them in the glass jar or plastic bag.
6. Do not use a vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces.

Cleanup steps for carpeting or rug
3. Carefully pick up glass fragments and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
4. Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder.
5. If vacuuming is needed after all visible materials are removed, vacuum the area where the bulb was broken.
6. Remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister), and put the bag or vacuum debris in a sealed plastic bag.

Disposal of cleanup materials
7. Immediately place all cleanup materials outside the building in a trash container or outdoor protected area for the next normal trash.
8. Wash your hands after disposing of the jars or plastic bags containing cleanup materials.
9. Check with your local or state government about disposal requirements in your specific area. Some states prohibit such trash disposal and require that broken and unbroken lamps be taken to a recycling center.

Future cleaning of carpeting or rug
10. For at least the next few times you vacuum, shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system and open a window prior to vacuuming.
11. Keep the central heating/air conditioning system shut off and the window open for at least 15 minutes after vacuuming is completed.

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