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County Executive John R. Leopold Announces Building Safety Month in Anne Arundel County

Annapolis, Maryland (April 27, 2012) – Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold announced today that the County will join building departments across America and around the world in recognizing Building Safety Month.

"The safety of our citizens is one of my top priorities. I recently introduced and the County Council passed legislation to adopt the 2012 International Building Codes," said Mr. Leopold. “By implementing the most current building codes, Anne Arundel County is now a leader in the State, and compliant with the Maryland Building Performance Standards. I congratulate the Department of Inspections and Permits for their hard work in getting this legislation passed.”

Building Safety Month recognizes the importance of safe buildings and the professionals who ensure compliance. First observed in 1980, Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council Foundation (ICCF). Its objectives are to promote the use, enforcement and understanding of building codes to safeguard the public. It also recognizes professional code enforcement officials who regularly attend educational training to stay current with the latest code changes and technological advances in construction.

Modern building codes regulate a myriad of safety systems including design and structural requirements, fire prevention, electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems, property maintenance, energy efficiency and zoning.

Anne Arundel County is an active member of the International Code Council, an association that develops building codes to safeguard the public at home, school and work. The International Codes, developed by the International Code Council, are the most cutting-edge building safety and fire prevention codes in the world.

For more information on Anne Arundel County’s building code program, visit the Department of Inspections & Permits website: http://www.aacounty.org/IP/index.cfm


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