Where to take a thermometer?
Environmental protection laws state that hazardous substances and objects containing them should not be thrown into common areas for the collection and disposal of garbage. These items include a mercury thermometer.
Let's talk about where in this case it is possible to hand over a thermometer if it crashed through carelessness.
Where to take a mercury thermometer?
Not every village has space for the collection and disposal of hazardous waste. Mostly such items are available in large cities. Often private companies do this, but, as a rule, these services have a paid character.
If your city does not have a recycling center or an eco-organization that carries out this kind of activity, then you can take the broken thermometer to a pharmacy or clinic. Under current law, these institutions must accept these items and continue to act in accordance with the regulations.
If the hospital and the pharmacy refused to satisfy your request, you can call the Ministry of Emergency Situations. A broken thermometer means spilled mercury - the strongest poison for a personand this is the case of the Emergency Services. You will learn about the dangers of mercury vapor from the article What will happen if you break a mercury thermometer.
How to collect and transport mercury?
Finding out where to identify a broken thermometer is only half the battle. We also need to know how to collect and transport mercury to the site.
Mercury Collection Rules
- If a thermometer has broken and mercury has drained out, do not panic, but immediately take up the elimination of the consequences. Get all people and pets out of the room. Restrict access to the accident site, otherwise sticking to the soles of shoes or animal paws, mercury will disperse throughout the house.
- Highlight the place where the thermometer falls by side light - mercury droplets will be better seen in it. Collect them from the periphery to the center.
- Eliminate any hint of a draft - it can expand the affected area by spreading the mercury balls and crushing them into smaller pieces.
- If it is much cooler outside than in the house, open the window (avoiding drafts). As the room temperature drops, the evaporation of mercury vapor will slow down.
- Put on protective gloves, cover your mouth with a gauze bandage.
Mercury can be collected in the following ways:
- Take two sheets of paper: one to use as a scoop, the second as a brush. Collected mercury should be placed in a pot with a solution of potassium permanganate.
- Small mercury balls to be drawn in with a syringe or rubber bulb.
- Collect even smaller particles with the adhesive side of the patch.
Do not use a vacuum cleaner for this purpose!
Mercury transportation rules
All collected mercury should be placed in a tightly closed glass container. The objects involved in the work should be put in a tight plastic bag and handed over with mercury and a broken thermometer.
If mercury particles get on clothes, do not wash them in a washing machine, but rather dispose of them.