The theme for the International Code Council’s (ICC’s) 38th annual Building Safety Month is “Building Codes Save Lives.” Held during the month of May, the program is an international campaign to raise awareness about building safety, the importance of current codes, and the role code officials play in creating safe, sustainable structures.
“Building Safety Month brings attention to issues that are not regularly considered unless disaster strikes,” says Dominic Sims, ICC CEO. “Modern codes and standards incorporate the latest technology and provide the safest, most resilient structures for our families and communities to protect against building failures, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, high-rise fires, and other modern-day disasters. Building codes really do save lives.”
During May, members of the ICC along with professionals from construction, design, and safety communities will join forces with corporations, government agencies, professional associations, and nonprofits to promote building safety through informational seminars and legislative briefings.
Weekly themes throughout the month will spotlight specific areas of building safety, including:
- May 1 to 5 (week one)—“Partnering with Code Officials to Build Stronger, Safer Communities;”
- May 6 to 12 (week two)—“Advancing Resilient Communities Through Science and Technology;”
- May 13 to 19 (week three)—“Protecting Communities from Disasters;”
- May 20 to 26 (week four)—“Safeguarding Our Water;” and
- May 27 to 31 (week five)—“Improving Education and Training Standards for a Safer Tomorrow.”
“The Code Council, in partnership with our members and stakeholders, works hard year-round to ensure that we work, live and play in strong, safe buildings,” says Jay Elbettar, ICC board president. “Through Building Safety Month activities, we recognize the dedication of our code officials and celebrate the fact that the International Codes result in the highest level of building safety in the industrial world.”
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