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.
In 2018, the Building Safety Month campaign had:
- Oregon building official Jack Applegate to receive the prestigious ICC Raising the Profile Award at the annual Building Safety Month reception
- World-renowned expert Dr. Janet Stout discusses Legionella, its risks and how you can protect yourself in a new podcast
- U.S. Congressman recognizes the 38th annual Building Safety Month
- Communities around the world celebrate Building Safety Month
- Building Safety Month kicks off on May 1 with a month-long, international celebration
- This May celebrate the building codes that protect your family and community
- Tennessee governor issues proclamation announcing that “Building Codes Save Lives!”
- The 38th annual Building Safety Month theme is Building Codes Save Lives
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.
And don't forget to submit your photos and videos from Building Safety Month events to us at email@example.com.