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What You Can Do to Avoid Mercury
- Make smart seafood choices. Use Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch guides (seafoodwatch.org) to find low-mercury selections. (Generally, smaller fish, such as sardines, have less mercury than larger ones.) Consult fish advisories issued by your local health department. If you’re pregnant, nursing or feeding young children, follow the EPA/FDA’s guides: avoid swordfish, shark, tilefish and king mackerel; limit albacore tuna to 6 ounces and total seafood to 12 ounces per week.
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- If you do break a CFL bulb, leave the room for 10 minutes and open a window to let the room air out. To clean it up, brush it into a sealable plastic bag or glass jar with a lid using stiff cardboard and wipe the area with damp paper towels. Don’t vacuum, as that could further disperse particles. For perspective, one CFL contains about as much mercury as 47 servings of swordfish. More tips at epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup.html.
- Keep “button batteries”—used in remote controls and musical cards—out of kids’ reach. They contain a mix of toxic chemicals, including mercury, that, if swallowed, are very harmful.
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