Our Safer Homes programme

Our Safer Homes programme helps keep you and your family safe around hazardous chemicals.

Hazardous chemicals are in our homes and lives, and in places where we may not realise.

Did you know you can find hazardous substances in cleaning products, toothpaste, make-up, pet shampoos and even kids’ colouring-in crayons?

Our Safer Homes programme helps New Zealanders to keep themselves and their families safe at home around hazardous substances. These chemicals are essential parts of many household products, so it’s important to use them in ways that keep everybody safe and without damaging our environment.

We work in our communities

Our programme promotes safety messages by taking our Safer Homes display stand to community events and shows around the country.

We also visit schools, Scouts/Girl Guides and other targeted community groups to deliver our safety messages and engage with communities we know are most at risk from harm from chemicals in and around the home.

Our programme ambassadors

We have a partnership with Wellington Rugby so often have Lions and Women’s Pride players join us as ambassadors on our school visits and other community engagement activities. Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage has also joined us on occasion too!

Read our media release about our partnership with Wellington Rugby

If you are interested in learning more about the programme please contact saferhomes@epa.govt.nz.

Get more from our Safer Homes programme

Like us on Facebook

You can keep up-to-date with all our latest Safer Homes news, events and competitions by liking our Facebook page.

In the media

You can also read the media releases we've sent out about the programme on our website. 

Check our website for the latest media stories 

Safer Homes posters

Print out our poster (choose English or Māori) for six key actions to keep everyone safe at home.

Safer Homes poster - Te Reo Maori version (pdf 582 KB)

Safer Homes poster - English version (pdf 583 KB)