Our Safer Homes programme

Find out more about the Safer Homes programme, activities and resources.

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.

Protecting your loved ones with Safer Homes

With winter fast approaching, and as we continue spending time in our home bubbles it is important that we keep ourselves, our whānau, pets and environment safe around household and gardening chemicals.

EPA Safer Homes top tips to help you keep safe

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!

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

Keep up to date with the EPA, including Safer Homes news, events and competitions by liking our EPA 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 and activity sheets

Print out our poster for six key actions to keep everyone safe at home.

Safer Homes poster - te reo Māori (pdf, 582 KB)

Safer Homes poster - English (pdf, 583 KB)

Print out our activity sheets.

Find the chemical dangers activity sheet - te reo Māori (pdf, 230 KB)

Find the chemical dangers activity sheet - English (pdf, 938 KB)