Building Safety Week: Where You Live, Work And Play

5/2/2008 - To the Readers’ Forum (published in the Post-Journal): America will celebrate Building Safety Week from May 5 through 11. The theme is ‘‘Building Safety: Where You Live, Work and Play.’’ The Western Southern Tier Building Officials Association is participating this year. First observed in 1980, Building Safety Week annual raises public awareness of critical safety issues affecting every person, regardless of age or occupation. These entail the structural soundness of the buildings where we live and work, reliability of fire prevention and suppression systems, plumbing and mechanical systems and energy efficiency and sustainability.Inspectors, plan reviewers and others in the Western Southern Tier Building Officials Association work to ensure the safety of the structures in which all of us live, work, attend school, worship and play. These officials provide the first line of defense against building disasters. We are silent, but vigilant guardians who work daily to ensure safety in the built environment.The Western Southern Tier Building Officials Association are members of the International Code Council. The sponsor of Building Safety Week, the Code Council develops the most widely used building safety and fire prevention codes in the nation.    

-- John Monaco, president, Western Southern Tier Building Officials Association

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