“Building Safety Month” is sponsored by the International Code Council Foundation (ICCF), a non-profit subsidiary of the International Code Council. The theme for this year’s observance is “An International Celebration of Safe and Sensible Structures.” During the past three years, nearly 6,000 people and more than 135 jurisdictions from across the country, including the President of the United States, have issued proclamations, declarations and letters of support for “Building Safety Month.”
“When building safety and fire prevention experts inspect buildings during and after construction, we help to ensure that the places where residents live, learn, work, worship, and play are safe,” said Hazelwood code enforcement administrator Pat McSheehy. “The important work we do is often overlooked until a catastrophic tragedy occurs.”
Building safety and fire prevention codes address all aspects of construction, such as structural soundness of buildings, reliability of fire prevention and suppression systems, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency and sustainability. To ensure buildings are safe requires the active participation of building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, builders, engineers, contractors, and others in the construction industry, as well as property owners.
“Public safety is our number one concern,” said McSheehy. “During Building Safety Month and all year round, our City’s code enforcement officers and deputy fire marshal are on the job helping to ensure Hazelwood remains a safe place to live, work, and play.”