New Albany

May is Building Safety Month

To the Editor:

America will celebrate Building Safety Month during May with the theme "Building Safety Month: Code Officials Keep You Safe."

Each week of Building Safety Month spotlights a specific area of building safety: fire safety and awareness, May 6-12; disaster safety and mitigation, May 13-19; backyard and pool safety, May 20-26; and energy and green building, May 27-31.

First observed in 1980 as Building Safety Week, the goal is to raise public awareness of critical safety issues from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems and energy efficiency. These safety matters impact everyone.

President Barack Obama recently declared Building Safety Month nationally and governors, mayors and other elected officials across America signed proclamations supporting the public safety effort.

The city of New Albany is proud to be among the 50,000 members of the International Code Council, which sponsors Building Safety Month.

Code officials, plan reviewers, fire inspectors, architects, builders, engineers, contractors and others in the construction industry are working daily and in coordination with each other to ensure the safety of the buildings where we live, work, learn, worship and play.

Tim Schaffner
Chief building official
New Albany