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  1. Mercury in Your Home

  2. Mercury in Your Home • Thermostats • Dental amalgams • Light switches • Thermometers • Fluorescent lights • Batteries • Appliance switches • Toys

  3. Knowing which products contain mercury and handling them properly will limit the risk of mercury exposure.

  4. Lighting Products Containing Mercury • Fluorescent bulbs • environmentally friendly • energy-efficient • last longer • kitchen, workshop, garage, and other home lighting • Metal halide bulbs • Street lights, security, and floodlights

  5. Lighting Products Containing Mercury • High-pressure sodium bulbs • street, security, and floodlights • Neon bulbs used in novelty • lounge, and retail store lighting. • Automotive headlamps • characteristic blue tint when lit

  6. Lighting Products Containing Mercury • Dispose of mercury-containing bulbs • recycling site • Mercury-containing bulb recyclers are identified at the following website:

  7. Mercury in Medical Supply • Thermometers • silver liquid in thermometers • different-colored liquid (usually red) • contain alcohol, not mercury • Blood pressure cuffs • different-colored liquid (usually red) • contain alcohol, not mercury

  8. Mercury Thermometer • Rite-Aid • stop selling mercury thermometers • Michigan banned sales of mercury thermometers, thermostat, blood pressure devices and medical devices. • 1997 • For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3307_29693_4175-160230--,00.html

  9. Mercury Thermostat • Mercury-containing tilt switches • more than 40 years • Many older thermostats and some current ones use switches containing mercury. • Michigan band

  10. Appliance Switches • Gas-fired appliances • stoves, ovens, water heaters, clothes dryers, furnaces, and space heaters • Switches • Clothing irons, top loading freezers, and washing machines may use switches containing mercury

  11. Toys Containing Mercury • Barometers • weather instrument • Old chemistry sets and mercury mazes • Children's’ chemistry sets were once sold with liquid mercury • the mercury maze, contains a drop of mercury that is moved through the maze

  12. Other Items with Mercury • Batteries • contain mercuric oxide • All shapes and sizes • commonly used in calculators, cameras, hearing aids, and watches • Lighted athletic shoes • Pre-1997 tennis shoes with light-up soles contain mercury

  13. Other Items with Mercury • Paint • latex paint made before 1990 • Microwave ovens • Bulbs-older ovens • Disinfectants • Pesticides • before 1990

  14. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities • For more information, please visit • www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3585_4130-115394--,00.html • www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3307_29693_4175-11761--,00.html • www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3307_29693_4175-160230--,00.html