Community Safety, Economic Growth Themes for Building Safety Month

ICC reveals its theme and plans for its 37th annual public awareness campaign.

According to the ICC, Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.

The International Code Council Family of Companies’ theme for 2017 Building Safety Month — a worldwide public safety campaign celebrated in May — is Code Officials: Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth.

During May, ICC’s 60,000-plus Members, along with other professionals in the construction and design community, will conduct events, including school assemblies, hosting information booths at builder supply stores, and implementing proclamation signing ceremonies to increase awareness about the importance of building and remodeling to modern codes and standards.

Code Officials: Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth will be supported by weekly themes that spotlight specific areas of the roles of code officials in building safety and fire prevention:

  • Week One | May 1-7 | Mentoring the Next Generation of Building Professionals
  • Week Two | May 8-14 | Building Design Solutions for All Ages
  • Week Three | May 15-21 | Manage the Damage — Preparing for Natural Disasters
  • Week Four | May 22-28 | Investing in Technology for Safety, Energy & Water Efficiency

The Code Council will provide several resources to assist communities in promoting Building Safety Month, including strategies on how to set up an event, a fill-in news release, a sample proclamation, kids’ activity pages, and much more. Many resources will be available for free download and others may be purchased from the ICC Store in the near future.