The inventor, Thomas Edison, loved learning and experimenting. His mother taught him at home and let him create a chemistry lab in the basement. As a young teenager, Edison got a job working on a train. He was kicked off the train after one of his science experiments set a train car on fire. The moral to this story: Be careful! Chemistry can be dangerous.
- Some chemicals can release harmful gases when mixed together. Never mix cleaning supplies.
- Some chemicals can burn your eyes, skin, or nose. Always wear goggles and gloves.
- Always ask an adult before you conduct science experiments or mix any products together. Better to be safe than sorry.
Acid: a highly corrosive substance that can cause skin irritation or burns. Acids can also destroy surfaces.
Goggles: protective eye wear
Reaction: the results when substances are mixed, e.g., bubbles and foam appear when you mix vinegar and baking soda
Q and A
Question: How do I know if a chemical is dangerous?
Answer: Most household products contain warning labels on the package. Always check with an adult too.