Don't Mess With Mercury video (30 secs)
Mercury is a metal found naturally in the environment. It comes is a few forms. Elemental (metallic) mercury is the shiny, silver-gray metal found in thermometers, barometers, thermostats, and other electrical switches.
  • Mercury can break into droplets when spilled. The droplets spread easily and can build up in tiny cracks and spaces wherever it is spilled.
  • Mercury can vaporize (evaporate) into the air. The vapor cannot be seen or smelled.
  • Breathing in mercury vapors is the most common way to get mercury poisoning – and also the most dangerous.
  • Mercury can be toxic to the nervous system, lungs, and kidneys

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