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International Code Council Celebrates its 39th Annual Building Safety Month with Worldwide Campaign

Celebrated in May, the campaign encourages action and education to understand the importance of building safety codes and the valuable role of code officials

Washington, D.C.,Washington, D.C. (PR MediaRelease) May 1, 2019

May marks 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 make our families and communities safer and more resilient. Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with the most current building safety codes result in resilient structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage.

“When building safety and fire protection experts inspect buildings and review construction plans to ensure code compliance, they are helping to reinforce that the places where you live, work and play are safe,” said Stephen Jones, New Jersey’s Governmental Relations Regional Manager at the Code Council. “We interface closely with homebuilders, contractors, design professionals and other construction industry trades to constantly ensure overall public safety for our communities – that’s our number one goal.”

The Code Council publishes the International Codes (I-Codes), the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the U.S. and around the world. The I-Codes are updated every three years to incorporate the latest technologies and are developed using a governmental consensus process in compliance with the OMB A-119 requirements for U.S. national voluntary consensus codes and standards. The Code Council also develops a number of standards that cover important topics such as accessibility, energy efficiency, solar, bleachers and grandstands, log structures, storm shelters, residential dwellings in high-wind regions, and green construction using an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited process.

This year’s themes for Building Safety Month 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
  • May 27–31, Innovations in Building Safety

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

The International Code Council is a member-focused association dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

Brian Farley

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