There are so many fun science experiments you can do at home! Check these 8 safety rules so that you can stay safe and have fun while you learn something new.
1. Adult Supervision
When doing any experiment at home, it is important to have adult supervision. Many experiments involve household chemicals or the stove top. Always ask an adult to help you find and use chemicals for an experiment, and never use the stove top without an adult present.
2. Appropriate Clothing
Just like in a real laboratory, it is important to wear safe clothes while experimenting at home. Loose clothing that could catch on fire or get in the way of an experiment can be a hazard. Wear an outfit that fits you well. Wearing closed toed shoes and tying back long hair will also help to keep you safe as you experiment.
3. Protective Gear
For some experiments, you must wear protective gear. Whenever you experiment with chemicals or mixing, it is important to protect your eyes and skin. Safety goggles, gloves, and a lab coat or apron can be worn to keep you safe.
4. Follow the Instructions
Doing a science experiment can be fun and creative, but it is important to find and follow a set of general instructions to help you stay safe. Read the important information about the materials and procedure carefully before you begin your experiment. Following the instructions will help to keep you safe and out of trouble while experimenting.
5. Pay Attention
Experiments requires a lot of focus. When you are doing an experiment at home, you must pay attention to what you are doing and what is happening around you. This is important to avoid an accident. Always be aware of the objects sitting on your work space, and of the people you are working with.
6. Measure Carefully
When experimenting with varying amounts of materials, measuring carefully can help you stay safe and get better results. Use a standardized measuring container and check twice to ensure you are using the correct amount.
7. Avoid Horseplay
It is fun to run around and be wild, but not during an experiment. Stay safe by being careful to walk, not run, and to keep your hands to yourself. Avoid horseplay and running so that you can also avoid spills and injuries.
8. Clean Surfaces
Start with a clean surface before you do an experiment. Keep your workspace clean and not over crowded. Making a mess during an experiment could result in an injury. Clean up spills as soon as they happen, and remember to clean up and put everything back in it’s place when you are done with the experiment.
Remember these 8 Safety Rules every time you do an experiment. Let us know what experiments you like to do at home! Learn more about experimenting with us at The STEM Shoppe by visiting our website at www.TheStemShoppe.com.
Delia Bayna, M.Ed. is an elementary educator and frequently provides professional development opportunities for K-6 teachers state-wide.