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Children's Health Month. What's mercury?

(SAN FRANCISCO) – As part of Children’s Health month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry today launched its “Don’t Mess with Mercury” video in an effort to protect children from the dangers of mercury. Every year, the EPA responds to numerous mercury spills that are primarily caused by children playing with mercury. The EPA’s cost for cleanup can range anywhere from $3,000 to $300,000 or more. The cost to the environment, and in some cases human health, is not quantifiable.
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Asked by Anonymous at 12:39 AM on Oct. 14, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • Mercury can also be found in CFL bulbs so, if one gets broken in your home, you need to take specific steps to clean up the mess to avoid excessive exposure to the mercury.

    Instructions on how to properly dispose of a CFL bulb or deal with a broken one can be found here:

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 8:59 AM on Oct. 14, 2009

  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:40 AM on Oct. 14, 2009

  • I know that its in thermometers and it can be found in fish. I've even heard that its in the flu and swine flu vaccines.

    Answer by Brittany.Dann at 3:27 AM on Oct. 14, 2009