May is Building Safety Month

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Building Safety Month is celebrated worldwide and sponsored by the International Code Council, a membership associated dedicated to building safety, energy efficiency, and fire prevention.

This campaign reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes, and helps individuals, families, and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.

The International Code Council, its 64,000 members, and a diverse partnership of professionals from the building construction, design and safety communities come together with corporations, government agencies, professional associations, and nonprofits to promote building safety through proclamations, informational events, legislative briefings and more.

According to the ICC website: “All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events, and structural collapse. Building codes are society’s best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores, and entertainment venues. “

Michigan’s Governor, Gretchen Whitmer has issued a proclamation declaring May 2019 as Building Safety Month in Michigan. This year’s theme, “No Code. No Confidence.” reaffirms the value and importance of construction codes, state registered code officials and a strong system of code enforcement to protect the public.

LARA’s Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC) works to ensure that homes and buildings constructed throughout Michigan are safe, sound and sustainable.