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What to do if the thermometer breaks?

What to do if the thermometer breaks?

A mercury thermometer is a medical device that requires careful handling. Vapors of liquid metal from a broken thermometer pose a great danger to all living things.

To avoid consequences, you must follow the safety rules and know what to do in emergency situations.

  • The room where the thermometer crashed must be left for people and animals.
  • Room temperature should be 16-18 degrees to reduce evaporation.
  • Open the windows, and lock the door and prohibit entry into the room.
  • Carefully inspect yourself, clothes, shoes, make sure that there are no traces of mercury.
  • Put on rubber gloves and a medical mask.
  • Prepare a glass jar with a lid (this is where you will collect mercury). Don’t forget to fill the jar with water.
  • Collect the balls of mercury with a douche or syringe and place them in a jar of water. If small pieces of glass remain on the floor, pick them up with a foam sponge or wet newspaper.
  • At the end of the entire mercury collection procedure, wash the floor twice with a bleach solution that contains chlorine.

For 1 liter of water, use 1 tablespoon of bleach. The floor should be washed in this way 2 times a week for a month. In no case should you throw away a jar of collected mercury, it should be taken to specialized institutions, if there are any in your city.

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