Safety Information

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Science Smarts

Don’t let our fun and light-hearted approach to teaching science fool you. The professionals at take science safety very seriously. We thoroughly evaluate the safety aspects of all of our products prior to their use in the school or home. We also understand that safety is a mutual responsibility. All of our instructions detail the necessary procedures you must take in order to conduct the experiments in the safest manner possible. Is water safe? Yes and no... the safety aspects of water depend on how YOU use it. That’s why every safety data sheet tells you to “keep out of reach of young children” regardless of how safe the material might be.

Let's face it, science is fun partly because of the element of surprise. By their very nature, science experiments fizz, bubble, pop, smoke, erupt, move, change temperature and sometimes produce unexpected results. That's why science is fun, and that's why you need to follow the necessary safety precautions when doing any science activity.

Advice for Supervising Adults

Science Smarts starts with proper adult supervision and common sense. Read all the directions before you begin any experiment and if you aren’t sure about something, ask someone who knows!

  • Don’t put any chemical near your mouth, eyes, ears, or nose. The incorrect use of chemicals can cause injury and damage to health.
  • Watch out for small pieces, balloons, or rubber bands that may be part of your kit. Not only are they easy to lose but they can be a choking danger to young children or pets who might try to swallow them.
  • Only carry out those experiments which are listed in the instructions.
  • This kit is only for use by children with strict supervision of adults that have studied the precautions given in these instructions.
  • Adults should exercise discretion as to which experiments are suitable and safe for their children.
  • The instructions should enable supervisors to assess any experiment to establish its suitability for a particular child.
  • The supervising adult should discuss the warnings and safety information with the child or children before commencing the experiments.
  • Particular attention should be paid to the safe handling of chemicals.
  • The surrounding area should be kept clear of any obstructions and the contents of the activity kept away from food or food storage. The workspace should be well lit, ventilated and close to water.

The science of safety has changed tremendously over the years. What was once considered "fun" may now be considered hazardous to your health. That's why consumers want to know more about safety issues than ever before and rightly so.



The greater force exerted by rare earth magnets creates hazards that are not seen with other types of magnet. Neodymium magnets larger than a few cubic centimeters are strong enough to cause injuries to body parts pinched between two magnets, or a magnet and a metal surface, even causing broken bones.

Magnets allowed to get too near each other can strike each other with enough force to chip and shatter the brittle material, and the flying chips can cause injuries. There have even been cases where young children who have swallowed several magnets have had a fold of the digestive tract pinched between the magnets, causing injury or death. The stronger magnetic fields can be hazardous to mechanical and electronic devices, as they can erase magnetic media such as floppy disks and credit cards, and magnetize watches and other clockwork mechanisms and the shadow masks of CRT type monitors at a significant distance.