Dodge County Fair Offering Free Trade for Mercury Thermometers

(Juneau) Attendees at this week’s Dodge County Fair will have the opportunity to trade-in their dangerous mercury thermometers for battery-operated digital thermometers at no cost. Mercury is a toxic substance that can harm both humans and wildlife, and has been blamed for illnesses ranging from mood swings and gum disease to paralysis, poisoning of the nervous system, and even death. When a mercury vapor thermometer breaks, the mercury can evaporate, creating a risk of dangerous exposures to mercury vapor in indoor air. The thermometers should be brought in their storage cases or a disposable rigid plastic container. The Dodge County Health Department is coordinating the exchange and they will have a booth in the Family Living Tent.