Situations when the thermometer crashed and mercury did not leak out are quite common. Fragile glass thermometers often fall on soft carpet or furniture, crack, but their integrity remains intact on the outside. Many consider this situation safe, believing that it is enough to throw away the thermometer and forget about what happened. We hasten to upset you: cases when broken thermometer and mercury has not leaked out, are also potentially hazardous to the health of people living in the room.
It is almost impossible to visually determine whether mercury particles have leaked to the surface: this metal easily seeps into even the smallest gap formed and settles in the room, gradually releasing toxic fumes. And while tiny amounts are unlikely to cause acute poisoning, regular inhalation of polluted air can lead to chronic lesions, which tend to be even more severe, as they begin to appear only after months, and possibly years.
This means that you should not rely on chance and show carelessness – you should take care of your safety in advance so that later you do not have to spend time, money and effort on restoring lost health.
The first thing to do is place the cracked thermometer in a hermetically sealed container. In no case should it be thrown into a trash can or garbage container – there is a special regulation for the disposal of toxic waste, which must be strictly adhered to. A spoiled thermometer can be handed over for disposal to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, SES or the demercurization service of the city.
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If your thermometer has broken and the mercury has not leaked out, do not let the situation take its course! It is always better to be vigilant and make sure that the slightest metal particles will not poison the atmosphere in your home. To make sure the premises are safe, it is enough to measure mercury vapor, which will show 100% whether a leak has occurred or everything went well.
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To solve the problem, residents of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region just need to call the service «mercury expert»
– and specialists, using high-tech certified European-style equipment, will take measurements necessary in such a situation, and, if necessary, promptly neutralize particles of leaked metal. In addition, you can give the broken thermometer to the staff of “Expert Mercury” for further disposal..