City to participate in Building Safety Month to raise awareness

When you enter a house or other type of building, you presume it is safely and properly constructed, and complies with state and local building codes. To help raise awareness, the City of Amarillo's Department of Building Safety proudly celebrates Building Safety Month during May.

The theme for this year's Building Safety Month recognition is "Maximizing Resilience, Minimizing Risks." Each week, throughout the month of May, a specific area of building safety will be spotlighted:

· May 5-11: Keeping Fire in its Place

· May 12-18: Helping Homeowners Weather the Storm

· May 19-25: Surround Your Building with Safety

· May 26-31: Building a Brighter, More Efficient Tomorrow

"When our building safety and fire prevention experts inspect buildings during and after construction, they help to ensure that the places where you learn, live, work, worship and play are safe," said Plans Examiner Craig Brown with the City's Department of Building Safety. "Ensuring public safety is something we think about and do every day by working with homebuilders, plumbers, roofers and other construction industry trades and contractors."

Building codes address all aspects of construction, from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency. The building safety process requires active participation of code officials, fire inspectors, architects, builders, engineers, contractors and others in the construction industry, as well as property owners.

"Your safety is our number one concern," said Brown. "During Building Safety Month and all year long, building safety and fire prevention officials are here to help protect you, your family and our community."

A proclamation was read by Mayor Paul Harpole at the April 29 City Council meeting kicking off Building Safety Month this year. Citizens are invited to visit the Department of Building Safety from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. It is located in City Hall at 509 SE 7th Ave. in Room 105. While there, be sure to notice the display case in the City Hall lobby where items of interest spotlight the corresponding Building Safety weekly themes.

The Department of Building Safety is also partnering with local businesses to host outreach events at two local hardware/home improvement locations serving free hotdogs and drinks and providing information to all. The events will take place on:

· Sat., May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pride Home Center, 3503 N.E. 24th Ave.

· Sat., May 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sutherland's located at 4717 S. Washington St.

Building Safety Month is dedicated to helping the community and the construction industry provide safe and sustainable construction through the development of local standards used in the design, build and compliance process. All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events and structural collapse. Model 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 public is encouraged to participate and learn about the essential safety work of the City of Amarillo Department of Building Safety.

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