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~Danger of energy saving bulbs~ February 24, 2010

Filed under: General,Health — datulizah @ 1:16 pm

Danger: The new eco-friendly bulbs contain toxic mercury.

Energy-saving light bulbs are so dangerous that everyone must leave the room for at least 15 minutes if one falls to the floor and break.

The startling alert came as health experts also warned that toxic mercury  inside the bulbs can aggravate a range of problems including migraines and  dizziness. A leading dermatologist said tens of thousands of people with  skin complaints will find it hard to tolerate being near the bulbs as they  cause conditions such as eczema to flare up..

Shards of glass from broken bulbs  should not be vacuumed up but instead swept away by someone wearing rubber  gloves to protect them from the bulb’s mercury content.

In addition, it said care should be taken not to inhale any dust and the  broken pieces should be put in a sealed plastic bag for disposal at a  council dump & not a normal household bin.

None of this advice, however, is printed on the packaging the new-style bulbs are sold in. There are also worries over how the bulbs will be  disposed of.

Footnote: Thanks to Rena CTRM for the above infos.


4 Responses to “~Danger of energy saving bulbs~”

  1. fitri Says:

    memang danger, tp jimat dan susah rosak. tahan lama.

  2. ahmadyusrie Says:

    mmm…tujuan asal nak conserve energy dan masa yg sama reduce global warming..
    last2 ada jugak keburukannya kn?

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