As more homes and businesses enjoy the energy and cost savings of Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs, DiLarr Safety Products, LLC, is ramping up its efforts to be sure people have the right information and materials to be safe when one breaks, releasing dangerous Mercury.
“We all love the efficiency of these bulbs, but people must remember CFLs contain small amounts of Mercury, and even that small amount must be cleaned up properly to protect the people and pets nearby,” said Mike Weinberger, Director of Sales and Marketing, DiLarr Safety Products. “We grew up treating light bulbs like any other trash, but CFLs require an entirely different approach.”
For instance, vacuuming a broken CFL is a very dangerous idea, according to the company. And while our instincts say to quickly clean up anything dangerous, DiLarr and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advise differently: Ventilate the room by opening a door or window and evacuate people and pets for at least five minutes. More about the steps to be safe when a CFL breaks can be found here.
Knowing what to do when a CFL breaks is only half the battle; the other half is having what one needs available when a CFL breaks. DiLarr Safety Products looked closely on the EPA’s recommendations for the safe removal of a broken CFL and put everything a person needs in its CFL Cleanup Kit. “A majority of homes now have at least one CFL and one in five homes have at least five, but how many homes and businesses have the gloves, mask, booties, disposable biohazard bag and all the other items needed for a safe cleanup if a CFL breaks?” Weinberger asked. “The kit puts everything one needs and step-by-step instructions at their fingertips. We really want people to be prepared and be safe.”
The company’s CFL Cleanup Kit is offered exclusively here.
DiLarr Safety Products sees a future requiring new products to keep people safe and the environment healthy. Operated by environment-passionate individuals with almost 100 years experience in different disciplines, DiLarr Safety Products addresses these needs with products using recycled materials whenever possible.