every one of these experiments has personally tested by the
contributors without incident, there is always the
that something could go wrong. Therefore, it always
keep safety as your number one priority. A good
careful and does not attempt to do anything that could be
even remotely dangerous without taking every possible safety
precaution, and you shouldn’t either! Doing
regard for safety isn’t doing science.
you decide to attempt
any experiment on this site, you should follow these basic
Always read and follow the directions
carefully. If you don't understand the directions, get
someone who does to
help you before you attempt to do anything.
experiments call for the use of fire - either a candle
or an alcohol lamp. Others may call for you to use the
a stove. Any experiment that involves the use of heat
should always be done under adult supervision! Any
that involves the use of fire will display the following
Always be careful to follow all safety precautions when
using fire, and
use with adult supervision only! Keep your candle (or
lamp) in an aluminum
pie pan, and keep the flame at least three feet away from
can burn, unless otherwise instructed.
on this site require electricity. The only electricity
should ever use in these experiments is from a battery, and
only as directed. Never ever use any device that plugs
wall outlet as a source of electricity. Aside from
extremely dangerous (household current can easily kill
electricity from a wall outlet won’t work with these
Also, some of these experiments require scissors,
knife, or other tools. Obviously, if you misuse
any tool, you can be seriously hurt. Any experiment
the use of any sharp or dangerous object will carry a
Always use sharp objects such as knives
or scissors with adult supervision only! Hold any
away from your body, particularly your eyes.
experiments found on this site require household
Unless you are told otherwise, never substitute.
ordinary household chemicals can produce dangerous
unexpected results. Although the ones called for on
perfectly safe if used properly and if all directions are
substitutions could be dangerous. Just don’t do it!
Finally, using good common sense will go a long way in
helping you to
avoid any accident or injury. Now
that you know how to experiment safely, check out our Experiments page.
And be sure to have fun, but BE SAFE!
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