Home Safety – How to Clean Up a Broken Light Bulb
One of the scariest things that could happen while changing a light bulb is accidentally breaking it, even with newer bulbs like LEDs. Hundreds of tiny pieces of shattered glass can scatter all over the floor, and these could possibly hurt someone. It also doesn’t help if you have pets running around. They could cut their sensitive paws and get hurt. Cleaning up broken glass is really tedious, so here are a few tips to help.
Alert everyone If anyone is with you, make sure you tell them about the glass and that the area is hazardous. The might even help cleaning up. You also need to make sure you keep your pets away. Place them inside their holding pen while you clean up the glass. Protect your feet with something that has a thick sole.
Grab a broom You’ll want to sweep the glass into a dustpan. Never pick up the individual pieces since you could cut yourself. A broom with soft bristles works the best since they can easily go into crevices and corners. Any small shards of glass can be swept into the dustpan.
Check for chemicals Some energy saving bulbs contains toxic chemicals like mercury. If so, you will need to contact your local hazardous waste management center and ask them how you can clean it up properly.
Sweep straight It might be tempting to sweep in long strokes but you might end up spreading the glass shards all over the floor. Instead, sweep in short, straight motions to the dustpan and tilt it catch the glass shards better.
Always double check Scan through the area to check on smaller pieces of glass that you could have missed. You might also want to move furniture around to make sure no glass shards are hiding under them. For any comments or questions, contact our customer support hotline.