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May Marks Building Safety Month

International Code Council Foundation features four weeks of safety and sustainability issues

Published: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 11:20

(ANSI: Washington) -- Throughout the month of May, the International Code Council Foundation (ICCF) is celebrating its 31st annual Building Safety Month. The public awareness campaign seeks to create communitywide recognition and understanding of building safety and sustainability, and the critical role of codes and code officials in protecting people and communities.

The ICCF is a subsidiary of the International Code Council (ICC), an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) member and accredited standards developer dedicated to building safety, fire prevention, and energy efficiency. Many ICC codes and standards serve as the basis for construction of federal properties around the world, and as a reference for nations outside the United States.

According to ICCF, countless accidents occur in homes across the United States and globally where codes are poorly understood or used improperly. To help consumers take practical steps to lead healthier, safer lives, ICCF has created an online resource that provides a comprehensive tool kit on safety and building codes, an interactive educational site for children, and helpful tips for making homes, schools, and other buildings healthier for all.

“Building safety codes are often taken for granted, but they are incredibly necessary, and the foundation upon which healthy, secure homes and buildings are built,” says Richard P. Weiland, ICCF board member and CEO of the International Code Council.

This year, Building Safety Month will focus on four core themes:

Energy and green building. The first week will spotlight advancements in sustainable design and building. Consumers can learn low-cost ways to make existing homes more efficient, long-term strategies for long-term savings, and tips on building green in new construction.

Disaster safety and mitigation. The recent disaster in Japan shined a spotlight on the importance of adhering to stringent building codes. During week two of Building Safety Month, consumers will learn how to prepare their homes to be safer from earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters.

Fire safety and awareness. The third week will focus on the critical issue of fire safety. In addition to encouraging safe use of smoke detectors, candles, and home fireplaces, consumers will learn safety tips about gas and electronic appliances.

Backyard safety. With summer barbecues and outdoor parties just around the corner, the final week of Building Safety Month reminds homeowners of the “dos and don’ts” of installing, operating, and maintaining outdoor appliances.

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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system, serving the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations and 30 million professionals worldwide. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).