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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Save the planet, but save yourself first!!!

Would you place your families health in jeopardy to help Al Gore and prevent global warming? Well, apparently helping to save the planet is a bit more dangerous than any of us might have imagined. Mercury is deadly and dangerous. Well, apparently we are asking each other day after day to store more deadly mercury into our homes in order to save the planet. Don't worry - it's only a problem if you drop it!!!

Stan - From Popular Mechanics:

How much mercury is contained in a CFL?
Each bulb contains an average of 5 milligrams of mercury, “which is just enough to cover a ballpoint pen tip,” says Leslie, associate director of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer. “Though it’s nothing to laugh at, unless you wipe up mercury [without gloves] and then lick your hand, you’re probably going to be okay.”

So, wear gloves, keep your tongue where it belongs and, relax. . . =)

- John

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Blogger betmo said...

so- don't drop them. we eat tuna and salmon and other fish that are full of mercury. many people live in homes with outrageous amounts of old lead paint- it's up to us to start cleaning this up. we need to get rid of coal burning plants eventually. that helps the mercury levels too. the light bulbs need to be handled correctly- as do anything with rechargeable batteries. they contain cadmium that is horribly toxic. it's just perspective.

title="comment permalink">March 22, 2008 9:33 AM  
Blogger John Good said...

Stan - We've been 100% florescent for 15 years now, with no problems. I've broken a few of the 4'tubes over the years, but no compact bulbs.

title="comment permalink">March 22, 2008 10:55 AM  
Blogger Dusty said...

Our entire house is CFL and I am quite proud of that ;)

title="comment permalink">March 22, 2008 4:06 PM  
Blogger Stan Matuska said...

John - thanks for the update. I feel better now =)

I still use the CF lights, and I really like them. In fact, it was you who got me interested in them. I just never knew there was a potential danger.

I also didn't know that they aren't supposed to be thrown in the regular garbage, which is where 98% of us will dispose of them.

title="comment permalink">March 22, 2008 10:38 PM  
Blogger Parson said...

Yeah you have to remember to save the package the light bulb comes in so when you need to throw it away you know were to send it.

title="comment permalink">March 23, 2008 2:57 PM  
Blogger Vic DeMize said...

Good one, Parson.

Actually, I'm not sure I understand a lot of the concern over "contaminating" the planet with substances that came from - the planet. It's not like mercury is some man-made substance.

Someone please take the time to educate me as to why a naturally occurring substance is bad for Mother Nature.

title="comment permalink">March 23, 2008 10:45 PM  

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