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Many mercury-containing items are found in the home. Surprisingly, the list includes toys and children's wear:
These children's items do not pose a threat until mishandled or broken. For safety's sake, recycle these items and purchase nonmercury replacements.
Mercury may also be found in latex paint made before 1990, mercuric oxide and old alkaline batteries, tools, archery bows, fishing tackle, darts and clock pendulums. Replace these with nonmercury substitutes.
Certain first aid antiseptics and contact lens solutions contain mercury compounds, such as thimerosal and merbromin, in their list of ingredients. Use of these products gives mercury a direct route of entry into your body and may cause mercury poisoning with frequent or prolonged use. Replace these antibacterial products with mercury-free substitutes.
Dental amalgams (used to fill cavities) contain mercury. Ask your dentist for more information.