Safety How To’s…

…Safely dispose of CFL bulbs.

More and more people are switching to Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs from traditional light bulbs because they reduce energy use at home and prevent greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. There have been some concerns on the small amounts of mercury present in CFL bulbs, and how to dispose of them properly.

If a bulb breaks…

  • Breakages, though deserving of caution, can usually be cleaned up inexpensively with household goods.
  • Open windows and doors so you quickly ventilate the room.
  • Get all the people and pets out of the room for 15 minutes and let the room air out.
  • Do not touch the broken glass with bare hands. Larger pieces of the bulb should be picked up with gloves. Use duct tape to pick up smaller fragments.
  • If it breaks on a hard surface, wipe down the area with a damp paper towel or a wet wipe.
  • All materials should be placed in a sealable plastic bag or, even better, in a glass jar with a metal lid, then disposed of.

To dispose of a used (or broken) bulb…

  • CFL bulbs should not be disposed with regular household waste. Canadians can now bring in their expired CFL to any The Home Depot store, where each bulb will be recycled safely.
  • At each Home Depot store, customers will find a CFL recycling unit located at the entrance by the special services desk. Customers can bring in their expired CFL, place them in one of the plastic bags provided, seal the bag and deposit it into the display.
  • Each store monitors the unit and, once full, sends the expired CFL to be responsibly recycled.

…Prepare an emergency winter car kit.

Making one is easy, inexpensive and quick – and it could save your life. Your emergency car kit should contain adequate supplies to keep you safe and self-sufficient for an extended period of time in the event you become stranded in your car. Try to keep your vehicle’s gas tank at least half-full at all times, and always have a fully charged cell phone with you. Assemble the following items in an easy to carry case and store it in your trunk.

  • Ice scraper and brush
  • Flashlight
  • Extra hats, mitts and footwear
  • First aid kit
  • Lightweight shovel
  • Road maps
  • Booster cables
  • Sand (or kitty litter)
  • Blankets
  • Waterproof matches
  • Flares
  • Food bars (granola, chocolate, etc.)

…Stay on your feet this winter

With the colder weather comes ice and slippery situations. By taking a few simple precautions, you can make it safer to walk outdoors in the winter. Removing snow and ice, putting sand or salt on areas where people walk, and wearing the right footwear all make a big difference.

  • Wear a good pair of winter boots that are well insulated and have a thin, non-slip tread sole.
  • Wipe your feet before entering a building.
  • Take short steps when walking on snow or ice.
  • Pay attention to where you are walking, and slow down on slippery surfaces.
  • If you come across some ice, loosen your body and spread your feet apart to provide a base of support and stabilize you as you walk.
  • If you find youself going down and can’t recover, try to roll with the fall and avoid sticking your arms out to break the fall.
  • Be especially careful when getting on and off buses.
  • Remember that walking while impaired can also be hazardous. Always walk with friends after a night at the bar.