When a CFL Burns Out
When a CFL burns out it may smoke and the plastic base may blacken. This is normal and it is not a fire safety issue.
CFLs should never be discarded with household trash. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that consumers use only local recycling options for CFLs. Contact your local government or visit epa.gov/cfl/clfrecycling or earth911.org to identify local recycling options.
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.
- PLACE the debris in a glass container with a metal cover in a safe location outside until you can dispose of it .
- CONTACT your local government to find out how to dispose of the jar containing the debris
- CONTINUE airing out the room for several hours.
|The following is an excerpt from the article, “CFL Light Bulb Safety.” For more information, please visit www.nfpa.org.|