May is the International Code Council’s Building Safety Month. This year’s theme:
Code Officials— Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth.
Please join the Borough’s Building Department in recognizing “Building Safety Month” during May.
We all love our community here in Mechanicsburg. Personally, I enjoy so much, our older buildings and the character that it brings to the town. I appreciate the desire and challenge that many of you feel in owning or purchasing these buildings and with the desire of upgrading them to the degree feasible while still maintaining their historic features. But I also feel very strongly that any renovations or alterations must be done safely. That’s why this Building Safety Month of is so timely. We all are getting ready to do projects, big or small. This brings excitement and much enthusiasm to “get at it.” However, I do remind you to please consult with my office prior to any renovation efforts. I look forward to working with you all. STAY SAFE! – Jeff Gardner, Building Code Official – 717.691.3310
Promoting Awareness Through Building Safety Month
Building Safety Month (BSM), founded by the ICC, is celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May.
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.
History of Building Safety Month
For the last 37 years, the 57,000 worldwide Members of the ICC have celebrated advances in constructing safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient buildings and homes. The ongoing support of Building Safety Month and the important role code officials play in public safety in the built environment comes from the President of the United States, governors, mayors, county executives and other government officials and construction industry professionals.
Who Needs Building Codes:
All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events and structural collapse. Model 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. Building Safety Month is a month-long celebration of all aspects of building safety that helps families, employers and leaders understand and appreciate the best practices that keep the places where we live, work, worship and play, safe.
The following valuable Links provide a great deal of pertinent information:
Week One: “Mentoring the Next Generation of Building Professionals”
Week Two: “Building Design Solutions for All Ages”
Week Three: “Manage the damage – Preparing for Natural Disasters”
Week Four: “Investing in Technology for Safety, Energy & Water Efficiency”