|For Immediate Release
April 28, 2015
Contact: Steve Daggers
“Don’t Get Burned—Build to Code” is the Theme for Building Safety Month Week 1
Code compliance, working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, escape plans are keys to saving lives
Building codes, standards and the diligence of dedicated Building Safety Professionals are important ingredients in keeping our communities safe. So are the efforts each of us can take individually. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, residential sprinklers, and passive fire-rated construction practices are some of the safety measures outlined in fire and building codes published by the International Code Council (ICC). Compliance with the International Codes, or I-Codes, provides minimum safeguards for fire prevention and protection in jurisdictions throughout the United States. Other safety measures such as creating escape plans and avoiding careless smoking habits are keys to minimizing damages from fires and saving lives.
Since 1980, Building Safety Month has been an annual public safety awareness campaign. The theme for week one of Building Safety Month 2015, May 4-10, is “Don’t Get Burned—Build to Code.”
“More than 2,500 Americans died in residential fires last year, and, in most cases, the homes did not have working smoke alarms,” explained ICC Board of Directors President Guy Tomberlin, CBO. “Smoke alarms have been required in the I-Codes for more than 40 years. Building Safety Month shines the spotlight on fire service and code officials who are working every day to develop and apply safety measures to protect citizens in their homes and the built environment.”
The following are tips and information to help prevent fires in your home:
Since their inclusion in the 2009 International Residential Code, residential fire sprinkler ordinances have been adopted by several hundred U.S. communities for use in one and two family dwellings. Over the past several years, technological advances have improved the reliability of residential fire sprinklers. Learn more.
About us: The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.