Due to its high electrical conductivity, mercury is often used in household light switches. Tilt switches and temperature-sensitive switches used in thermostats often contain mercury. Automatic shut off switches found in some top-loading freezer and clothing irons could also contain mercury. Manufacturers can help you find alternatives.

Mercury in Products

Many common household products contain mercury. Click on the images below to find out more about each one. And if you have one of these items, please don't toss them into the trash! Please dispose of them properly at a drop-off location or as instructed by your municipality.