Building Safety Month

Building Safety Month
Posted on 05/01/2019
The city of New Hope is participating in the 39th annual Building Safety Month, a worldwide campaign presented by the International Code Council, its members and partners to promote building safety. First observed in 1980, Building Safety Month raises awareness about critical safety issues from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency.

Building codes and the officials who enforce them are making our families and communities safer and more resilient. Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building safety codes result in resilient structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage. Building safety affects everyone, and modern, updated building codes save lives.

This year’s themes are: May 1–5, Preparing for Disasters: Build Strong, Build Smart; May 6–12, Ensuring a Safer Future Through Training and Education; May 13–19, Securing Clean, Abundant Water for All Communities; May 20–26, Construction Professionals and Homeowners: Partners in Safety; and May 27–31, Innovations in Building Safety.

“When our building safety and fire prevention experts inspect buildings and review construction plans to ensure code compliance, they help to ensure the places where you live, work and play are safe,” New Hope Community Development Director Jeff Sargent said. “We work closely with homebuilders, contractors, plumbers, roofers and other construction industry trades to provide public safety for New Hope.”

The regulation of building construction in the United States dates back to the 1700s. In the early-1900s, the insurance industry and others with similar concerns developed the first model building code.

Today, the International Codes, developed by the Code Council and adopted by our community, are the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the U.S. and around the world.

Learn more about Building Safety Month at buildingsafetymonth.org or join the conversation on social media using #BuildingSafety365.