Don't try to vacuum or sweep it up
(HealthDay News) -- If you drop and break a thermometer that contains mercury, it's important to minimize exposure to the toxic contents.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers this advice:
Instead, evacuate everyone from the immediate area, open all windows and doors, turn down the temperature, shut all doors to other parts of the house and leave the area. Then, call your local or state health or environmental agency.