Safer homes, healthier environment
Find out how to keep yourself, whānau, community and the environment protected. Keep safe around chemicals, look after the environment, and reduce the impact of climate change.
Spray paints, deodorants, fly sprays, hair sprays, and other products are packed in aerosol containers under pressure: use them carefully.
Animals and insects can be both a help and a hindrance in New Zealand. Find out how to keep them safe, or exterminate them.
Everyday items you use like cosmetics and soap, and kids' face paints can be harmful to your family and whānau. Follow our advice on buying and using them.
Fireworks, Christmas crackers and party poppers are explosives. Keep safe while you are having fun.
Weed killers, pest sprays, fertilisers and other gardening products can be harmful. Take extra care when using, storing, and disposing of these to protect yours…
We come into contact with chemicals and hazardous substances every day: use them with care.
People often use liquid petroleum gas (LPG) for heating or cooking – in the home, for barbecues, or even when tramping or camping. But LPG can be dangerous: it …
We use petrol in lots of ways in our lives, but it can be very dangerous. Keep safe around petrol.
Painting protects and makes our things look nice, but paints and paint thinners (solvents) can be harmful for you, your whānau, and the environment.
There are boat paints called 'antifouling' paints that can help keep your boat free of plants and animals. But there are some risks with using these paints.
Making small changes at home and in your community can reduce greenhouse gases, protect our climate, and save you money.
You can make changes to help lessen the impact of chemicals on our environment to protect it now and for future generations.
Find out more about the Safer Homes programme and download activities and resources.
You can use a range of chemicals to keep your spa and pool water clean. There are some simple things you can do to use them safely.
Most building timber is treated with preservatives to stop the wood from rotting and to protect it from burrowing insects. Treated timber is used to build homes…
The rules surrounding hazardous substances differ between workplaces and the home.