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Anonymous asked in HealthGeneral Health CareFirst Aid · 2 months ago

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.

3 Answers

  • Roddy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    From what you describe, it was a totally digitalthermometer and therefore contained no mercury whatsoever.

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  • 2 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.

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  • 2 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

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