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any doctor here...today my friend managed to brake my thermometer in one of my rooms and mercury spilled on the carpet and ceramic floor. i cleaned up as much as i can with wet rag and later with vacuum cleaner. i know that mercury is highly toxic. i put that rag into bucket of water with some detergent and left it in the bathroom cause im not sure it's recommended to throw it into sewer. i doubt i managed to pick up all the balls of mercury from my carpet. is it dangerous to leave it like that or should i throw carpet away. in some forums people say it's to little amount of mercury in thermometers and on the other people are saying that area where it's spilled should be treated almost like nuclear bomb exploded there. how much is it dangerous for inhaling and walking around in that room.is it worth of thinking about it or not? and other thing...in that room near the place where this happened is parked my bike...if some balls flew into fairings and engine is it something worth of worring? because of the engine heat etc.
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Re: off topic: mercury from thermometer

I think mercury is about the 2nd most toxic element on the planet so I would be getting some advice on treating the area although having said that I don't think your in any real "danger" it's more of a long term precaution.
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Re: off topic: mercury from thermometer

Don't worry about it. No biggie. What? Nobody remembers playing with mercury?
And BTW, most toxic?

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Re: off topic: mercury from thermometer

Its toxic, but in small amounts it should be ok.

I remember once trying in school to see what heat it would go up to, then i left it in the sink to cool (No water). Stupid kid next to me only turned the tap on.

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Re: off topic: mercury from thermometer

Mercury poisoning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia have a read
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Re: off topic: mercury from thermometer

It definitely is more of a long term exposure risk than a short term thing. If you feel like you have scrubbed the carpet well then I wouldn't worry about it very much. Like wiki says it has a high enough surface tension that it is difficult to absorb much of it through skin. Also as it points out it is actually the Mercury compounds that are most dangerous. As long as you don't drink it, or play with it you won't have any problems. I played with some of it once when I was young and didn't know any better, just the amount that was in a thermometer. No negative effects at the moment but my wife might disagree Technically you should take it to a toxic waste disposal location but the garbage would be better than the sewer. I definitely wouldn't get rid of the carpet but might if I had a baby crawling around on the floor, more out of principle than actual fear that it could cause any problem.
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Re: off topic: mercury from thermometer

mercury (Hg) is a cumulative toxin that affect the central nervous system. as you know, Hg in a liquid state evaporates into a vapor. the vapor is readily absorbed through your lungs.

first isolate that room from the the rest of the house. keep the connecting doors closed. open all the windows in that room to air out the Hg vapors. us an eye dropper to pick up as much Hg that you can find. throw away the carpet! you'll never get it out of the carpet.

turn down the thermostat (heat) to that room. the higher the temperature, the more Hg vapors are released (think like you're boiling water). seal off vents to that room, too.

on the tile floor. get some zinc or sulfur powder and cover the spill area. this will bind with the Hg that is so small that you cannot see to clean up.

throw away all clothing that came into contact.

most importantly: trash the vacuum cleaner!! that vacuum will release Hg vapors into the air every time you use it.

take a lesson. nedro used to play with it as a kid and look how he turned out. take this stuff seriously, especially if you have young children.

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Re: off topic: mercury from thermometer

thanks guys. i threw away carpet just in case. picked up few remaining mercury balls with sealing tape. i threw away rag and vacuum cleaner also but can't find sulfur powder to cover the area.

i don't wanna be like nedro cause of the Hg vapor
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Re: off topic: mercury from thermometer

i don't have babies yet. m only baby is my fireblade.is it dangerous for my bike?
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nope. your baby will be fine.
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thanks gravy.
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Re: off topic: mercury from thermometer

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Don't worry about it. No biggie. What? Nobody remembers playing with mercury?
And BTW, most toxic?
I used to play with mercury as a kid, too! It's amazing what we didn't know would hurt us back then...

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Re: off topic: mercury from thermometer

hehehe. you guys are great. to bad we are on different continents and we can't ride together. i really like being on fireblades.org
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