I broke an inexpensive underarm thermometer. Is there a possibility of a mercury spill hazard?
I tried to take the lid off to replace the battery on a 5-inch or so underarm thermometer but ended up taking the whole thing apart, ripping the red wires and plastic. No visible trace of anything were noticed. Should I be concerned about mercury or is this harmless and not relevant? Thank you for your input.
- RoddyLv 72 months ago
From what you describe, it was a totally digitalthermometer and therefore contained no mercury whatsoever.
- Markus ImhofLv 72 months ago
If the thermometer has a battery, it won't contain mercury.
Both mercury batteries and mercury thermometers were phased out maybe 20 years ago.
- Connie ConvictLv 42 months ago
I think it is unlikely that an electric thermometer has Mercury in it. Mercury thermometer is a glass tube with mercury in it