As a Public Service…here are the EPA instructions on What to Do if a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulb or Fluorescent Tube Light Bulb Breaks in Your Home. The instructions – and I love the passive voice as if the bulb broke on its own – make it seem that living with these bulbs is about as dangerous as living at Chernobyl.
Since I am not ready to live in the dark and firmly believe we have to start conserving energy , I am all for energy saving bulbs. But, unless the EPA is trying to unnecessarily scare us, these bulbs – with their mercury vapor – really are pretty scary and dangerous. Yuck!