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Fargo Homeowner Warns Against CFL Light Bulbs

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From recyclable shopping bags to hybrid cars, it seems everyone is looking at ways to go green.


For quilter Rita Burckhard, she decided to install energy efficient light bulbs in her home. "It's better way to save energy," says Burckhard.

She had no idea it would do more harm than good.

This bulb actually caught fire a day after it was installed. "Luckily, I was home at the time, or the place would have caught fire," says Burckhard. Now she wants to know the proper way to dispose of it. "I was told to just throw it in the trash," Burckhard recalls. "I said, 'no, that was unethical.'"

All CFL light bulbs contain a level of mercury, and Burckhard says that's not environmentally friendly if thrown in the trash; they need to be disposed of the right way.

Some department stores like Lowe's will dispose of the light bulbs for you, and you can also dispose of them at the county's household hazardous waste facility. As far as the bulb exploding, there have been thousands of reports nationwide of fires started because of the CLF's, many of which have been recalled.

For now, Burckhard says she's not buying any more of the bulbs for the safety of her home.

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