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.
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 United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) helps identify products containing mercury.