To help remind the public about the vital role code enforcement officers play in making sure the community has safe, efficient and livable buildings, Hazelwood City Council members recently approved a proclamation declaring the month of May 2017 as Building Safety Month. At a recent Council meeting, Hazelwood Mayor Matthew Robinson presented this proclamation to the City’s Code Administrator Pat McSheehy and his code enforcement staff.
Sponsored by the International Code Council, Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.
This year’s campaign theme is, “Code Officials — Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth.” Its purpose is to draw attention to the need of having building codes in order to protect citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events and structural collapse.
Code officials work year-round to ensure that developers use safe construction practices and abide by existing codes to maintain the structural integrity of all buildings within the community. They are the unknown guardians of public safety who assure us of safe, efficient and livable buildings that are essential to our City’s economic growth.
“Building Safety Month 2017 encourages everyone to take the necessary steps to make sure that the places were we live, learn, work, worship and play are safe, and recognizes that countless lives have been saved due to the implementation of safety codes by local and state agencies,” McSheehy said.