Handling Chemicals

Handling Chemicals

There are certain things that you must do when handling possibly dangerous chemicals. Follow these easy steps to make sure you stay safe.

1. Choose a solid base- Make sure that the surface you are placing these chemicals on is sturdy and will not shake. Granite countertops are the best.
2. Make sure all equipment is clean- If the equipment you are using is unclean, the residue and leftover particles can interfere with the reaction. Clean test tubes with warm water and iron wool. Other equipment should be washed and dried properly.
3. Wear safety equipment- Cover your eyes and hands when working with chemicals. If anything goes wrong, you must be prepared.
4. Be aware of surroundings- Make sure you do not get chemicals on things that are not a part of your reaction. Use a sturdy cutting board in case of overflow. Wipe any and all chemicals that may have leaked or fallen onto a surface. Keep living things away from the reaction.
5. Know the warnings- Read the warning labels on any bottle of chemicals. Some chemicals are corrosive, flammable, and even poisonous.
6. Test for acidity- Some chemicals are highly acidic. If you don’t know whether they are or not, use a strip of Ph paper to test. If it turns red, it is highly acidic. If it turns green, blue, or even purple, it is not acidic. This is important! If you use the wrong equipment or get some on your hands, you could be in danger.
7. Choose good equipment- Glass test tubes are the best. You can use plastic, however. Make sure your equipment can withstand any reactions that may occur.

I hope you have fun experimenting!

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