Energy-saving Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL) are becoming more common in homes and at work. In addition to using less electricity, they also have a positive impact on the global climate. Here are some important safety tips you should know about CFLs.
► Purchase CFL light bulbs that have the listing label of a recognized testing laboratory. This will ensure that the bulb meets the latest product safety standards.
WHEN A CFL BURNS OUT:
When a CFL bulb burns out it may smoke and the plastic base may blacken. This is normal and is not a fire safety issue.
CFLs should never be discarded with household trash.
IF A CFL BREAKS:
CFLs are made of glass and can break. Be careful when removing from packaging and installing or removing from a socket. If a CFL breaks:
OPEN a window to allow the room to air out for 5-10 minutes.
People and pets should LEAVE the room.
TURN OFF forced air heating and/or air conditioning.
COLLECT broken glass and visible powder using stiff cardboard, tape or a damp paper towel. DO NOT VACUUM.
PLACE the debris in a glass container with a metal cover in a safe location outside until you can dispose of it.
CONTINUE airing out the room for several hours.
The NH Department of Environmental Services recommends that burned out CFLs be recycled at local recycling facilities.
Learn more at: http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/factsheets/co/documents/co-19.pdf