The International Code Council expresses its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones who suffered losses at the Ghost Ship artist venue in Oakland, California. This tragedy highlights the importance of adopting current building, electrical and life safety codes. Adopting and enforcing the latest codes and standards is the most efficient and effective method of creating safe buildings and communities. Cities, counties and states should review their safety codes to verify they meet the latest standards, and ensure enforcement of the codes by supporting the important responsibility of their Code and Fire Officials.