Demonstrations and experiments--especially those involving open flames or the use of reactive or toxic materials--should only be performed by a knowledgeable instructor. This section provides information for how to ensure everyone's safety during a demonstration or experiment, whether in the classroom or at a special event.
Resources for Conducting Safer Demonstrations & Experiments
- Tips for Planning Chemistry Demos [PDF] - ACS and inChemistry
Poster: Shows tips to keep in mind when preparing for a classroom (or community) demonstration.
- Safety Guidelines for Chemical Demonstrations - ACS Division of Chemical Education
For use by experienced chemical practitioners, these guidelines provide a checklist for demonstrators to assure that chemical demonstrations are conducted without incident.
- NFPA Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals - National Fire Protection Association
Requirements for the fire safe design and operation of instructional, educational, and industrial laboratories.