so I shattered a mercury enviro-style Al Gore CFL bulb in the living room
I was afraid I destroyed the room and contaminated the carpet and my physiognomy. I need not have worried. Here is what the Environmental Protection Agency says:
Cleanup Steps for Carpeting or Rug
- Carefully pick up glass fragments and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
- Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder.
- If vacuuming is needed after all visible materials are removed, vacuum the area where the bulb was broken.
- Remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister), and put the bag or vacuum debris in a sealed plastic bag.
The government of Massachusetts told me to cut the carpet to pieces and label it as a Universal Contaminant. They also warned that I would contaminate my vacuum cleaner. Idiots…