Ã‚Â The KEY to learning while having FUN is SAFETY! You must ensure the experiments or activities are done according to the instructions provided.
Although when you see ‘The Crazy Scientist’ perform the amazing science experiments, please don’t forget that things LOOK easy when they are done by an experienced professional with appropriate training.
Having a knowledge of what to expect, how much to add, wear to stand or even how to modify the experiment when it is happening plays a MAJOR part of science demonstrations. The instructions you get with product purchase or via the video series ensure you conduct the experiment in a safe manner and always with an adult present.
Water can be dangerous if not used properly. Think of water and electricity, water and drowning etc
We have broken our safety section into 2 main parts. Please read them or consult them when necessary.
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Constant Adult Supervision
Adults (due to experience) have the ability to foresee dangers before children. Adults are recommended that after all instructions have been read, that you actively supervise and participate with your child / children in the discovery process. Seeing their awe and wonder as they discover something new,will not only make you happy, but also may even provide you a learning experience in-itself.
We recommend the following to be considered and remembered when conducting any experiment presented via the videos, written experiments, downloaded PDFs, posted on blogs or bought from our store.
- All chemicals should be considered ‘POISONOUS” and should not be placed near your mouth, nose, ears or eyes. Hands should be washed with soap after contacting chemicals. (Read the provided MSDS with bought products or downloaded from our site).
- Be vigilant with the use of small objects around young children, counting them in and out to ensure they are not lost or eaten.
- Carry out the experiment according to the instructions provided. Variation from the instructions is not recommended.
- Adults should use discretion on the suitability of the experiment with the child’s age. Although age ranges are provided; prior experience, gross motor skills, number of children, space availabilityÃ‚Â etc do impact the suitability of experiments.
- Safety should not only be considered but also used as an opportunity to teach those cautionary skills to children. Children need to be able to use those skills in the future and it is recommended that safety issues be discussed prior to the commencement of the activity and what may happen if not adhered to. (This is known as a risk assessment).
- Ensure a safe work environment is adhered to. The experimental area is free from food, well lit and ventilated, and close to water.
As time passes, people are tending to use the ‘No one told me’ rule when it comes to accidents. It is important that the supervising adult ensures that the above are considered and that the experiments are conducted as described. The use of common sense should prevail at all times.
The correct use of chemicals is VERY important for the success of the experiment but also your safety. Professional chemists, teachers, chefs etc all need to have an Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) on each chemical on site. This sheet informs people about the contents of the product, the chemical nature (reactivity) of the chemicals, how it should be stored, used and medical information in cases of exposure.
These MSDS sheets can be long, technical and confusing. The modified MSDS sheets provided by The Crazy Scientist are in TWO forms. Detailed and a summary sheet. They can be found on our Chemical Safety Page.
Our advise to read all instructions carefully, treat all chemicals with respect and if ingestion does occur please consult the appropriate services in your local area.
Poisons Information Centre number 13 11 26