Building Safety Month

On May 5, 2014, Mayor John Pritchard proclaimed the month of May 2014 as Building Safety Month.  Building safety should be highlighted every month, week and day of the year.

Keeping the buildings that we live, work and play in safe is a daily goal for the International Code Council (ICC) and the inspectors tasked to review the construction process from the initial design phase all the way to completion.

The theme of this year’s Building Safety Month is "Building Safety: Maximizing Resilience, Minimizing Risks." By building a safe and resilient home, deck, garage, office building or any other structure from the start will result in longer lasting and higher quality construction.

The goal of these construction codes, which include, Residential, Commercial Building, Plumbing, Electrical, Fuel Gas, Accessibility and Fire, is to prevent injury and loss of life. One death, even just one injury, due to a structural failure or fire is one too many.

Each week in May will feature a specific safety theme. This week is "Keeping Fire in its Place." The following weeks will feature these topics: "Helping Homeowners Weather the Storm," "Surround Your Building with Safety" and "Building a Brighter, More Efficient Tomorrow."

Throughout this month, the Community Development Department will have fliers, handouts and other items for all ages that promote building safety.

All brochures and fliers are complements of ICC and provided free of charge to the City and Public. There are also pencils and stickers available, while they last, which have been provided by the Community Development Inspectors at no cost to the City or Public.

Please join the City and Inspectors as we celebrate building safety and work toward building a brighter and safer tomorrow.  For more information, contact the Building Inspector Matthew Carlson at 309/345-3617.



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