For the month of May, Olivette's Planning & Community Development department 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. In the wake of a disastrous hurricane season, rampant wildfires and devastating earthquakes, building safety is even more important. 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.
In honor of Building Safety Month, the City of Olivette has several planned events. The City Council will adopt a proclamation acknowledging (BSM) and an amendment to the 2015 International Residential Code will be considered at the Economic Development Commission meeting May 14th. Senior Building Inspector, David Fairgrieve, the Professional Development Director for the Missouri Association of Code Enforcement (MACE), will host a member benefit day in Columbia, Missouri for the 140 members of MACE. Mr. Fairgrieve will also be the speaker at Coffee with the Mayor on May 22nd. In addition, the Planning and Community Development Department is coordinating a home developer meeting to discuss new construction issues and how to best work collaboratively.
“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,” said Carlos Trejo Director of Planning and Community Development. “We work closely with homebuilders, contractors, plumbers, roofers, and other construction industry trades to provide for the public safety of our community.”
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 www.buildingsafetymonth.org or join the conversation on social media at #BuildingSafety365.