Is Mercury in Your Home?

Mercury Containing Products Commonly Found in Homes

Effective January 1, 2003, the California Mercury Reduction Act banned the sale of many products containing mercury.  Even though they are banned from California’s marketplace, these mercury containing products still are frequently found in homes.  

Thermometers  
Thermostats  
Button Cell Batteries  
Fluorescent light bulbs (tubes and CFLs)  
Mercury switches (in automobiles and appliances)  
Barometers  
Blood pressure gauges  
Mercury-Added Novelties. This category includes practical jokes
items, figurines, jewelry, toys, games, cards, ornaments, yard
statues, and figures, candles, holiday decorations, and foot-wear
that contain mercury or mercury batteries. Effective January 1, 2003,
the California Mercury Reduction Act banned sale of mercury-added
novelties in this state, but some people still have them in their homes.
 
Some cosmetics (e.g. skin lightening creams)  
Banned pesticides and latex paint   

How Do You Know If A Product Contains Mercury?

Look for the mercury symbol, Hg, on the product or product packaging, such as fluorescent lamps. Some products, such as cosmetics, may actually list mercury in their ingredients label.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has banned mercury from cosmetics except for products intended to be used around the eyes.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration list of mercury in drug and biologic products http://www.fda.gov/RegulatoryInformation/Legislation/FederalFoodDrugandCosmeticActFDCAct
/SignificantAmendmentstotheFDCAct/FDAMA/ucm100218.htm

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) helps identify products containing mercury.
Visit: EPA database on mercury containing products http://www.epa.gov/mercury/database.htm 
EPA table of products that may contain mercury http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/tsd/mercury/con-prod.htm .