I know many Malaysian homes are already using these compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or energy-saving light bulbs.
Let me shed some light on these environmentally-friendly compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or energy-saving light bulbs.
You know energy-saving light bulbs or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) last longer and reduce your electric bill as compared to your incandescent bulbs. But do you know that these energy-saving light bulbs or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) could also reduce your life span as well, so to speak?
According to a report, it says these energy-saving light bulbs contain cancer-causing chemicals. It is claimed that when these bulb are turned on, they emit carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemicals and toxins which includes, phenol, naphthalene and styrene.
Because of the toxic chemical, it is advisable not to be too close (especially near one’s head) to a lighted an energy-saving light bulb or compact flourescent lamp (CFL) for over a period of time.
It is obvious that for our own safety, it is better to stay away from such carcinogenic substances.
It is a fact that energy-saving lights (CLFs) contains the health-hazard mercury inside them. Each bulb is says to have about 5 milligrams of mercury. No doubt, the quantity is rather small, but it is still a potentially dangerous substance.
The next time when you have broken energy-saving light bulbs or compact fluorescent lamps at home, this is what you should do:
1. Immediately open the windows and let the room air out for at least 20 minutes.
2. NEVER use a vacuum cleaner to remove the broken pieces and powder.
3. Use a disposable gloves when clearing away the broken glass and powder onto a cardboard. Then wipe the area thoroughly with a wet paper towel.
4. For those tiny pieces of glass fragments and left-over powder, use a duct tape to stick them up.
5 Carefully seal the broken CFL and powder in a plastic bag and dispose of it with your regular trash.
6. Wash your hands thoroughly clean after clearing away the debris.