Understanding the Mission

Week 1 – May 1 - 5

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Welcome to Week 1 of Building Safety Month 2024! As part of our "Understanding the Mission" theme, we’re kicking things off by covering the basics of building safety and sharing a bit about Building Safety Month. It’s mission critical – building safety is the responsibility of us all, and we’re counting on you to help keep the places where we live, work and play safe!

Join the Building Safety Month conversation all month long – tag the International Code Council on social media, and use #BuildingSafety365 to help spread the word!

The Basics of Building Safety

Evidence of “building safety” is all around us. From an individual level, building safety can include installing smoke alarms in your house or giving portable heaters at least three feet of space. From a community level, building safety can include adopting modern building codes or enacting sustainability initiatives.

Remember, building safety is a comprehensive mission that is only possible when we work together for positive change.

  • All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from hazards 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.
  • Building safety professionals, including code officials, work day in and day out to keep the public safe.

Defining Building Safety
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The Code Council at Home
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Building Codes and Standards: Bringing Science to Building Safety
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What is Building Safety Month?

Building Safety Month is an international celebration that takes place in May to raise awareness about building safety. Our goal is to help educate individuals, families and businesses on what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures, reinforce the need for the adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes and highlight the well-trained professionals who work year-round to ensure our safety.

  • 2024 marks the 44th edition of Building Safety Month.
  • Last year, almost 400 jurisdictions proclaimed May 2023 Building Safety Month, including President Biden, governors, mayors, county executives and others.
  • The Code Council provides resources to promote Building Safety Month including safety tip brochures, promotional graphics and resources for students.
  • Celebrate with us by sharing this year's poster, your celebrations and more by using our hashtag #BuildingSafetyMonth2024 on social media.

Building Safety Month
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Building Safety Month Weekly Icons
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