You should NEVER:
- Vacuum a mercury spill. It will contaminate the vacuum cleaner and will circulate more mercury in the air.
- Use a broom or brush, they just break up the mercury into smaller beads.
- Pour products containing mercury down the drain.
- Throw mercury in the trash. It is best to use the service of a qualified and licensed contractor.
If you do it yourself:
- Contain the spill with towels.
- Keep mercury out of drains, cracks and crevices.
- Use a medicine dropper to collect the liquid.
- Place all items used to collect the mercury in an air tight jar.
- Turn off heating and air conditioning systems until the clean-up is complete as they will circulate the mercury vapors.
- Keep people and pets away from spill area.
- Gather all towels, jars and anything contaminating with mercury and place in a trash bag, seal tightly and bring to a hazardous waste drop off center.
- Wash the area to remove any residue.
- Take a shower if you came in contact with mercury.
- Inform your doctor and ask about further medical attention.
- Once mercury contaminates clothes, carpet floors, furniture and walls, it is very difficult to remove.