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May is Building Safety Month

Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World

Safety in the built environment is an essential component of maintaining public health, making Building Safety Month more relevant now than ever. Join us in celebrating virtually through social media, online events and digital educational materials for kids and adults.

All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events and structural collapse. Building codes are society's best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores and entertainment venues. Code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe.

For the last 40 years, Building Safety Month has celebrated advances in constructing safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient buildings and homes around the world.

Week One: Disaster Preparedness (May 1-10)

One of the best ways for communities to prepare for disasters is to build to the most up-to-date, modern building codes. Disaster mitigation through the adoption and enforcement of building codes provides you, your family and your community protection in the event of a natural disaster.

Advance planning for natural disaster helps individuals and communities increase the health and safety of their population during an event, protects the local tax base, ensures continuity of essential services, and supports a faster recovery in the aftermath.

View more information on resources to help you prepare your family and protect your home from natural disasters.

Week Two: Water Safety (May 11-17)

Code officials (inspectors) are vigilant protectors of our water supply. Building and plumbing codes help guard it for future generations through proper construction, conservation and safe disposal. Because of their dedicated service, you can turn on the tap in your home and draw sufficient, clean water!

There are lots of resources available online to help you learn about water safety, water conservation, and water efficiency in your home.

Week Three: Resiliency. Sustainability. Innovation. (May 18–24)

The building safety industry is on the cutting edge of technology, building science and innovation. We are seeing designers incorporate more and more green elements into their building construction. Did you know the City of Raleigh has an Office of Sustainability?

The Planning and Development Department also offers their customers the opportunity to add 'green' stormwater and energy efficient practices to a developed site as part of the Green Raleigh Review process.

Learn more about innovation in the building safety world. 

Week Four: Training the Next Generation (May 25–31)

Well-trained, motivated building safety professionals are key to creating and maintaining a successful built environment. The City of Raleigh employees many building safety professionals: trade inspectors, permit technicians, fire marshals, and building officials to name a few.

Training is important because it helps code officials avoid mistakes and accidents and properly enforce the code. The building safety field encompasses a wide gamut of specialties and offers many excellent career opportunities that contribute to the safety of the built environment.

Read more from the ICC on the importance of building careers for today's generation.