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Trade In Your Mercury Thermometers

Are you still using your mercury thermometer? It is time to throw it away and trade it in for a digital thermometer! Did you know that the sell of mercury thermometers is now banned everywhere in the United States?

The US Senate unanimously passed The Mercury Reduction and Disposal Act of 2002. The reason for this ban is because of the severe environmental and physical consequences of mercury -- and many of us know from experience how easy is to break a mercury thermometer, thereby exposing ourselves and the environment to mercury.

Just one gram of mercury – the amount in a typical thermometer – is enough to contaminate the fish of a small lake. And mercury is certainly not healthful for small children or even adults, either.

So, don’t you think it is about time that you traded in your mercury thermometer for a digital one? Of course, you should not simply throw your old thermometer out into the trash – because of the possible harmful effects of mercury, you need to make sure that it is disposed of properly.

Mercury can be reclaimed when you take it to the proper disposal place. Contact your local recycling service to see where you can take your old thermometers. Then go out and get yourself a digital thermometer or other type of thermometer.

Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for websites on gardening, parenting, fashion, health, and home decor. Her background includes teaching and gardening. For more of her articles on thermometers, please visit Digital Thermometers.