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How to Clean Up Broken Compact Fluorescent Bulbs...
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If a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) breaks, precaution must be taken because these bulbs contain a small amount of mercury which can be toxic when airborne. First, open a window to ventilate the area. Then, use rubber gloves to pick up the large pieces and drop them in a freezer bag. Use double-stick tape to catch the smaller pieces, and finally dab the area with a damp paper towel. Drop the tape, paper towel and gloves in the freezer bag before throwing away.