Mercury Spills

How to Handle a Small Mercury Spill

  • DO turn off ventilating or air conditioning system and open windows and doors that vent to the outdoors.

  • DO set aside everything you think might be contaminated with mercury.
     
  • DO immediately remove children from the area.
     
  • DO make sure to avoid skin contact by wearing gloves when handling spill.
     
  • DO clean up the silver mercury beads by using one sheet of paper to carefully roll them onto a second sheet of paper, or use an eye dropper to collect it all.
     
  • DO place the mercury into a sealable container, such as a plastic bag or any available airtight container.
  • DON'T try to soak it up with a towel or rag to remove.
     
  • DON'T use household cleaning products to clean the spill, particularly products that contain ammonia or chlorine.
     
  • DON'T vacuum carpeted floors contaminated with liquid mercury.
     
  • If unsure of what to do at anytime during the spill call the NDEP Spill Reporting Hotline at 888-331-6637.
     
  • For all other mercury disposal concerns contact the Recycling Hotline at 1-800-597-5865.

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