It’s good for you….really!

I’m from the “Try it….you’ll like it” generation. I grew up hearing that commercial all the time. In it, the person would eat something and make all kinds of faces. It was such a horrid commercial, I thought for sure it would never make a comeback.  I guess I was wrong.  I’m seeing variations thereof in our government’s push for Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CLFs).

If you haven’t already, you MUST read/hear our government’s warning label for our soon-to-be-required CFLs.  Allow me to highlight it for you….

If a CFL breaks in your home, you need to air out the room for a full 15 minutes.  However, please note, it is imperative that you leave the room for that 15 minutes.  Clean up all hard surfaces – using stiff paper, gather up all the pieces and put them in a sealed plastic bag.  Do NOT use a broom or vacuum, but rather wipe the area down with a damp paper towel and put the paper towel into a sealed plastic bag.

Should your CFL break on your carpeting or rug, you must carefully place all the pieces into a sealed plastic bag.  (Notice, they don’t tell you how to gather the pieces – above they tell you to use cardboard, but here, I’m sorry – you’re on your own.)  Use duct tape to gather up all the shards and powder and place in a sealed plastic bag.  If absolutely necessary you may sweep, but you must immediately discard the vacuum bag in a sealed plastic bag. (Sorry – not sure what to tell you if your sweeper doesn’t have a bag, like most of the current sweepers – I guess you need to throw IT away – in sealed plastic bag, of course!!)

If for some reason your CFL breaks on your clothing or bedding, throw them away.  (What?! No sealed plastic bag?)  Do not wash them, for the glass and powder will contaminate your washer and pollute the water. If the clothing did not come in direct contact with the glass or powder, you MAY wash those.  If you happen to step on some glass or powder, be certain to wipe the bottom of your shoes with a damp paper towel and discard it in ….(go ahead) a sealed plastic bag.

There you have it.  The cleaning directions, from the Environmental Protection Agency, for our new lightbulbs.  I’m kind of curious, though, what all these sealed plastic bags are going to do to our landfills.  I’m certain though, that our government will surely come up with a wise and efficient way to deal with them!  Perhaps they will send them all to China, where the bulbs are made, since they are too hazardous for American production.

Oh – and by the way – for those of you that are too young for that commercial?  It goes like this, “Try it….you’ll like it.”

“So, I tried it….I thought I was gonna die!”

3 Responses to “It’s good for you….really!”
  1. javadawn says:

    Ironically, after writing this – we find that today is Thomas Edison’s 164th b’day.

  2. Great piece, Dawn. Hilarious too, though also quite sad. Our tax dollars at work. :/

  3. javadawn says:

    It’s CRAZY!! Did you read the comments on FB? They’re talking now that they’re going to require LED lights instead. Makes you wonder if the people who are making these decisions washed the clothes, rather than throwing them away, doesn’t it?!!! (Or maybe they just didn’t air the room out for 15 min.) *rolling eyes*

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