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President Declares May 2013 As Building Safety Month

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Construction & Renovation, FacilityBlog, Featured Post, Safety, Topics

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Published on May 01, 2013 with No Comments

Posted by Heidi Schwartz

President Barack Obama has signed a proclamation declaring May as Building Safety Month.

“When natural disasters and other hazards put American lives at risk, robust codes and standards for our buildings play an important role in keeping us safe,” the President states in the proclamation. “They ensure our homes and businesses are resilient to the challenges of our time—not just by making them structurally sound, but also by boosting their energy efficiency.”

The document acknowledges International Code Council (ICC) Members and others who develop the American-based International Codes. “This month, as we pay tribute to professionals who design, construct, and secure our infrastructure, let us raise awareness about building safety and rededicate ourselves to improving it in the days to come,” the proclamation said.

The proclamation cites support for cities and towns from coast to coast as they pursue disaster preparedness, mitigation and redevelopment, and urges everyone to get involved in FEMA’s Ready program.

With all 50 states and the District of Columbia voluntarily adopting the International Codes at the state or jurisdictional level, they are the most widely used codes in U.S. cities, counties and states.

The codes include safeguards for the construction of homes and buildings to protect the public from natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms, wildland fires and earthquakes. The codes also address safe swimming pools and spas, energy efficiency, and plumbing.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of smoke alarms in codes. Smoke alarms have saved countless numbers of lives by alerting people to fires in homes and other buildings.

Governors, mayors, and other elected officials also recognize May as Building Safety Month in proclamations.

Founded in 1980, Building Safety Month is celebrated annually by jurisdictions across the nation. Many building and fire departments host public events in their communities to raise public awareness of Building Safety Month providing educational materials and presentations.

The safety campaign reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, model building codes; a strong and efficient system of code compliance; and a well-trained, professional workforce to provide public safety. A diverse partnership of building safety, design and construction professionals, corporations, government agencies, professional associations and nonprofits come together to support Building Safety Month because they understand the need for safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play. This year’s presenting sponsors of Building Safety Month are the American Gas Association, the Air Movement and Control Association, and BASF.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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