The prospect of having a science lab at home is an exciting one. However building a home science lab should be done patiently and carefully to ensure it is fully equipped and safe. The following factors should be considered when deciding to build a safe home science lab;Size of the home – How big is your home? A bigger home guarantees more space for a science lab. If the home is a big one then the ideal science lab should be located in a shed or room outside the main building. If there is no such provision within the home however then a room inside the house can be used as a science lab. It is very important that the science lab is in a room of its own to ensure easily enforceable safety precautions.Number of child occupants in the home – The number of children around you should be put into consideration. If you live with children your science lab should be as inaccessible as possible to them and the equipment should be out of reach.Type of science lab – The type of science lab you wish to build in your home would determine how and where it should be built. A chemistry lab is different from an earth science lab and each would have different equipment and safety measures.Size of equipments to be used – The size of equipment to be used should be considered. A science lab in the home should not have heavy equipment that have rigourous installation/removal processes. After the above factors have been considered and building your home science lab is underway, you need to take measures to ensure it is safe for both yourself, the people (children especially) around you and your home. Some of those measures are; Using rubber slip mats to protect surfaces from chemicals.Ensure your lab storage space is different from the general storage space of the home. Toxic chemicals and hazardous substances have to be kept separate from household supplies and properly labelled. Proper Ventilation – The room used for the home science lab should be properly ventilated to prevent suffocation due to fumes. Flooring materials – The most ideal flooring materials for a home science lab are sheet vinyl and linoleum because of their resilient nature. Placing a list of saftey rules on the door of your lab would go a long way in preventing other occupants from harmful behaviours in the lab. Ensure your lab is properly locked when not in use to prevent a wondering child from getting in. Have an easily accessible fire extinguisher in the lab. There should be a means of proper diisposal of lab waste such as a sharp waste container. Building a safe home science lab takes a lot of carefulness and consideration and the final point to note is that safety in a home lab takes continuous effort.