MERCURY THERMOMETERS: What do do when they break

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Because mercury thermometers can be used to determine body, liquid, and vapor temperature, they often appear in buildings of business. They have many uses, amongst those are laboratory experiments and industrial applications. 

Thermometers to gauge a person’s temperature are made of glass the size of a straw, with a silvery-white liquid inside. They are common in many schools and of course medical facilities. There are two general types of thermometers that measure body temperature:

  • Oral/rectal/baby thermometers, containing about 0.61 grams of mercury
  • Basal temperature thermometers (used to track slight changes in body temperature), containing about 2.25 grams of mercury

Mercury thermometers may be used in many applications, including chemical experiments, water and acid baths, blood banks, ovens, and incubators.

Mercury thermometers are also used in:

  • Power plants and piping
  • Chemical tanks and vats
  • Heating and cooling equipment
  • Breweries, canneries
  • Bakeries, candy making
  • Dairies, ships
  • Wineries and distilleries
  • Paint kettles

Mercury Thermometer Cleanup and Disposal

If a mercury thermometer breaks during usage or if a mercury thermometer is improperly disposed, the thermometer will release mercury vapors that are harmful to human and ecological health.

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What to do if you need an industrial Mercury Cleanup and Disposal:

Call HAZCHEM ENVIRONMENTAL @ (630) 458-1910or email