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Lab Safety Rules Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Heather Pier

Heather has taught high school and college science courses, and has a master's degree in geography-climatology.

In this lesson, you will learn how to stay safe when you are doing science lab experiments. Safety is very important when doing an experiment, because not being safe can be dangerous to you and your classmates.

What is a Lab?

Have you ever done a science lab before? Maybe you have but you didn't know there was a special name for what you were doing. A laboratory is a place where scientists do their jobs, and where they perform experiments. A lab is just a fancy way of saying you are doing an experiment.

Even though you are only in elementary school, you sometimes get to do experiments, too. Any time you are in science class and you are doing something where you get to mix chemicals, or connect wires to batteries, or watch a butterfly chrysalis to see if it is going to hatch, you are doing an experiment.

Scientists are not the only ones who get to perform experiments, you can too!

What is Lab Safety?

Watching a butterfly or counting the number of seeds in a flower are very safe labs to do, but not all labs will be that safe. Sometimes you get to do experiments with more dangerous things, like chemicals or electricity. When you are going to do dangerous things, you need to practice lab safety.

You may have learned about fire safety before, which are general rules for how to prevent fires and stay safe if you are in a fire. Well, lab safety rules are for how to stay safe when doing science experiments.

How to Stay Safe

There are many rules for lab safety that depend on what types of things you are using in your experiment. Your teacher will always remind you of what you need to do to stay safe before you do each lab, but there are some general rules you should always follow, even if your teacher doesn't remind you.

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