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DanBC, take a look at the packaging for any CFL. They describe in great detail the procedure for cleaning up a broken bulb.



"They describe in great detail the procedure for cleaning up a broken bulb."

Are you talking about packaging in the US? The packaging in the EU, I saw so far, don't even mention the mercury, not to mention cleaning instructions.

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Packaging in New York state to be specific. (I think a lot of these consumer warnings are mandated at the state level. )

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Sure, a broken bulb will release an amount of the 5 mg of mercury that a CFL contains. But it's not harmful unless you breath it, which is why you ventilate the room.

Lignuist's comment made me think they were talking about intact lamps.

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