7 Safety tips for Science projects
Science projects are instrumental in helping a child learn and understand the wonderful world of science. However many wonder if they are safe as science projects are associated with chemicals and substances which may irritate eyes, be harmful if ingested or maybe even cause an explosion. While possible, these issues can be avoided by following these 7 safety tips for science projects.
- Choose the right projects. Don’t choose a high school project for an elementary school child or projects which your child doesn’t have skills for. It’s always better to play safe, start small and move to the next level once your child masters easier projects.
- Carefully read and follow instructions as they protect you and your child. While it’s possible to tweak instructions, use your common sense!
- Wear necessary safety equipment like protective eye wear while using the saw or mixing chemicals, and gloves for the same reason or even if you are working in the garden for a science experiment out there.
- Don’t take shortcuts or mix chemicals whose reactions you are unsure of. Find out more about chemical reactions on the internet or the local library before attempting the project.
- Precaution is always better so (and common sense prevails here), keep a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit nearby before starting your project to tackle minor fires and accidents like scraped knees or slivers. Of course, if it’s anything major, do call 911 or the nearest emergency services!
- Don’t make the mistake of tasting or smelling chemicals. It’s better if you have running water nearby while handling chemicals so that you can immediately wash your hands if you spill something on yourself. Flush your eyes for at least 20 minutes if some chemical enters your eyes, and visit the nearest emergency room.
- Lastly, it’s better to have an adult present while doing science projects. Explain the project, safety measures needed and what should be done in emergencies.
Remember, safety is top priority while doing science projects. Don’t attempt any project if you are not sure how safe it is as it’s not worth taking unnecessary risks with your child!
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