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
This infographic shows how to set goals, plan key logistics, and prepare materials for chemistry demos.
- 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.
- How to RAMP up Safety for Demos - inChemistry
Entertaining your audience with chemistry is fun, but keeping them safe at demos is critical.
- Five Key Questions for Safe Research and Demos - inChemistry
Ask these 5 questions before performing a demo to keep you and your audience safe.
- Safer Demos Through Safety Data Sheets - inChemistry
Knowing where to find chemical Safety Data Sheets and how to read them is essential to safe experiments and demonstrations.
- Safety Rubric - Assessing Chemical Demonstration Videos - ACS
A template for educators to review the safety and pedagogy of chemical demonstration videos in order to
determine whether they should be used in the classroom.