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Products Containing Mercury

Products Containing Mercury

Mercury is used in a wide variety of household products. These items release mercury into the environment and home when broken, mishandled or disposed of. Proper care is important when dealing with mercury-containing products. If spilled, mercury absorbs into many household materials while slowly evaporating into the air over time, allowing for exposure. Knowing what products and items contain mercury and handling them properly will limit the risk of mercury exposure. Common products often have a simple and environmentally friendly alternative. Some examples are listed below:

  • Thermometers
  • Household Switches and Thermostats
  • Household Bulbs: Fluorescent, high-intensity discharge (HID) and neon lamps contain mercury
  • Batteries
  • Paints
  • Athletic Shoes: Some athletic shoes with flashing lights in the soles contain mercury
  • Pesticides
  • Clothing Irons: Some irons have an automatic shut-off switch containing mercury
  • Medical Products
  • Blood Pressure Gauges
  • Microwave Ovens
  • Barometers