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Mercury Spills

If mercury spills in your school, will you be ready?

If mercury spills, it can turn into poisonous vapors that can have dangerous health effects.

If there’s been a spill at your school:
Follow these steps to keep your students and staff safe — and to prevent mercury from spreading throughout the school.

After a spill:
Use these talking points to help you communicate with parents and other members of the community.

Use these example letters to send home to parents following a mercury spill at school.
Sample letter parents and caregivers
Sample letter shoes

Every school needs a spill kit.
Find out what you need to put together a spill kit for your school.

Remember, it pays to be prepared.
Make sure you have easy access to local resources that can help in case of a spill — fill out this contact sheet and post it in your school today.

For More Information

See what it takes to clean up a mercury spill. The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 4770 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30341
Contact CDC: 800-232-4636 / TTY: 888-232-6348

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