Is cutting myself on a CRT going to kill me?
September 24, 2012 3:06 PM Subscribe
I cut my thumb on the glass of an old broken cathode ray tube earlier today. Is this any more dangerous than just cutting myself on broken glass? I washed the wound out and put some antibiotic ointment and a bandage on, should I do anything else?
posted by radiomayonnaise to technology (6 answers total)
I was at the county dump getting rid of some old electronics and while I was tossing an old computer in I cut my thumb on what I now realize was the back of a CRT that was also in the dumpster. I don't know exactly what to call the part that I cut myself on, but looking at this picture
it's the part encased in glass in the foreground. I guess it's the electron gun
? The glass was already broken and there were also little metal pieces sticking out, but I think it's the glass I cut myself on.
Most of what I can find on the dangers of CRTs focus on the electrical aspect, obviously that's not a problem, but there is mention of dangerous chemicals - lead, mercury, phosphor. Do I need to be worried and is there anything special I should do?