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Mercury in Your Home. Mercury in Your Home. Thermostats Dental amalgams Light switches Thermometers. Fluorescent lights Batteries Appliance switches Toys. Knowing which products contain mercury and handling them properly will limit the risk of mercury exposure.
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Mercury in Your Home • Thermostats • Dental amalgams • Light switches • Thermometers • Fluorescent lights • Batteries • Appliance switches • Toys
Knowing which products contain mercury and handling them properly will limit the risk of mercury exposure.
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
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
Lighting Products Containing Mercury • Dispose of mercury-containing bulbs • recycling site • Mercury-containing bulb recyclers are identified at the following website:
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
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
Mercury Thermostat • Mercury-containing tilt switches • more than 40 years • Many older thermostats and some current ones use switches containing mercury. • Michigan band
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
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
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
Other Items with Mercury • Paint • latex paint made before 1990 • Microwave ovens • Bulbs-older ovens • Disinfectants • Pesticides • before 1990
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