Knoxville (WVLT) - Check your garage and medicine cabinets, if you have any mercury thermometers, now is the time to toss them and get a safe replacement for free.
A couple of local agencies are helping you get rid of this health hazard the right way.
With the sun shining, the numbers on your thermometers are likely rising.
But the tool you're using to see just how hot it is outside, or how much of a temperature you may have, could be very hazardous to your health and the environment.
"if you look at your thermometer and if the temperature reading is made out of a silver column going up and down, that is mercury," says Rural Metro Fire Chief Jerry Harnish
No that is another liquid," says Harnish.
If that's what your thermometer looks like then it's filled with mercury, a heavy metal that occurs naturally in the environment, but can be very harmful if you touch it, ingest it, or even breath in it's vapors.
"Mercury can damage the brain, spinal cord, liver and kidneys," Chief Harnish says.
Which is why Rural Metro is making it really easy for you to replace the old with new.
With the help of the Knox County Health Department, Rural Metro is offering a pretty good exchange.
Give them your mercury filled household items, they will properly dispose of it, and give you a new digital thermometer for free.
You can trade your household items with mercury for a free digital thermometer at any Rural Metro location.
Rural Metro Locations:
RMFD Station 10
9746 Parkside Dr. Knoxville
RMFD Station 11
160 Campbell Station, Rd. Knoxville
RMFD Station 14
201 Watt Rd Knoxville
RMFD Station 15
1012 Summerwood Dr. Knoxville
RMFD Station 16
10208 Bluegrass Rd Knoxville
RMFD Station 17
1332 Timbergrove Rd. Knoxville
RMFD Station 25
8414 Old Rutledge Pike Mascot
RMFD Station 26
8707 Strawberry Plains Pike Knoxville
RMFD Station 27
5525 South National Dr. Knoxville
RMFD Station 28
3111 Old Maryville Pike Knoxville
RMFD Station 30
7401 Lena Lane Knoxville
RMFD Station 31
1706 W. Emory Rd. Powell
RMFD Station 33
9337 Davis Rd. Corryton
RMFD Station 34
7309 Tazewell Pike Gibbs
RMFD Ambulance Operations Center
910 Callahan Rd. Suite 102 Knoxville