Building Safety Month (BSM) is a public awareness campaign celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May for the past 38 years to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.
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. Code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe.
The campaign is presented by the International Code Council and its 64,000 members worldwide along with a diverse partnership of professionals from the building construction, design and safety communities. Corporations, government agencies, professional associations, nonprofits and more come together to support BSM because they understand the need for safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play.
How You Can Help
BSM depends on the efforts of individuals like you. We have many resources to help you in promoting building safety in your community. These resources include strategies on how to set up an event, a news release draft, a sample proclamation, kid's activity pages, stickers, brochures, pencils and more.
Visit the ICC Store to learn more about available resources. Some items are free and some are available for purchase.
Tips to Promote Building Safety Month in Your Community
- Ask your chapter, your legislator or your mayor to issue a proclamation supporting building safety.
- Plan an event to celebrate building safety in your community.
- Promote BSM through your chapter activities.
- Set up an information booth at city hall or a local hardware store.
- Visit your local school and give presentations about building safety.
- Post information on your website.
- Send a news release to your local newspapers, radio stations and television networks to encourage local media to cover BSM activities.
- Share information with your public information officers, city managers or mayors. Ask if they'd be willing to appear on a talk/community information show through your local television or radio stations. Include a call-in, question-and-answer session as part of the program to generate even more interest.
- Invite your local media to any scheduled events you plan during the month.
- Post on your social media websites. Use the hashtag #ICCBSM18.