posted on Apr, 12 2007 @ 05:03 PM
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Exit signs, watch dials, and THOUSANDS of things use tritium to make them glow without electricity. It costs millions to clean up if they're broken,
but they're not particularly dangerous UNLESS they're broken.
I agree with Zaph, but even when broken they don't really pose that much of a problem.
Over the years I have had many broken Silva compasses pass through my hands and had the residue radioactive fluid (saline) spill over said hands. I
have never felt any side effects.
As I tried to explain in an earlier post, the actual amount of radiation given off by this type of paint is minimal - about 1.5 gBq or Giga Bequerel,
an amount so small as to be militarily insignificant.
Incidentally, the human body can withstand an exposure of roughly 350 - 400 cGys/Rontgens or Rads an hour for 1 hour before radiation sickness kicks
that will be only mild sickness - headaches, nausea, flushed skin and at the higher doserate of 400 cGys, vomiting and diahorrea - very
much like sunstroke - which in itself is very mild radiation sickness.
So, please do not have nightmares. 'They' will not hurt you.