Wednesday, February 27, 2008
CFLs Bad, Very Very Bad!
From KVAL TV:
Merlin and Rachel Ames are eager to help the environment, so they swapped their incandescent bulbs with energy efficient compact florescent lightbulbs, which are supposed to last nine years.
In the last twelve months, they've have to replace some CFLs two times.
Merlin Ames explained that just last week, "It started flashing a little bit there and smoking. The odor was really bad. I thought we ought to get out of the house real quick".
They were shocked to discover the bulbs contain a small amount of mercury according to a notice is printed on the bulb.
However, because mercury is toxic--you need to take precautions if one breaks.
A study has shown that the mercury can leak out if the bulbs break when dropped or thrown away. A Maine study has confirmed that the mercury does pose a health risk to people.
According to environmental advocates, when the bulbs are broken the mercury vapor has the capability of being released into a home. This can cause quite a health hazard.
...people should not vacuum up a broken CFL bulb. This can cause mercury to spread through the air.
It's funny that "science" and the "earthers" can tell us in no uncertain terms that there is NO such thing as a safe level of second-hand cigarette smoke, yet we are asked to expose ourselves to high risk health problems related to mercury vapor. What a crock!
Watch this short film about what the pro-CFL crowd doesn't want you to know about the evils of CFLs.
By the way, I like those new flo lamps. Very little heat gain, so colling costs are lower. And they are pure white, too. Call me weird. No, really, call me weird.
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