Frequent Questions

What should I do if I have mercury in my home or encounter a mercury spill?

The following should NEVER be done after a mercury spill: 

  • Never use a vacuum to clean up mercury. The vacuum will put mercury into the air and increase exposure.
  • Never use a broom to clean up mercury. It will break the mercury into smaller droplets and spread them.
  • Never pour mercury down a drain. It may lodge in the plumbing and cause future problems during plumbing repairs. If discharged, it can cause pollution of the septic tank or sewage treatment plant.
  • Never walk around if your shoes might be contaminated with mercury.

What you should do depends on how much mercury has been spilled or released:

If you need information about storing mercury in your home, please see:


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