County Executive Schuh Kicks-off Building Safety Month with The Department of Inspections and Permits
This Week’s Theme: Don’t Get Burned – Build to Code
Annapolis, Maryland (May 7, 2015) — Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh today visited the Department of Inspections and Permits to present an Executive Proclamation declaring May as Building Safety Month, this year themed “Resilient Communities Start with Building Codes”.
“Building Safety Month emphasizes the importance of building codes and standards that ensure the integrity of structures where we live, work and play,” said County Executive Schuh. “I also want to recognize and thank the professional code enforcement officials who are committed to keeping our communities safe, every day, throughout the year.”
Each week during the month of May will highlight one aspect of building safety in an effort to raise awareness and understanding of what it takes to create and maintain safe and sustainable structures while reinforcing the need for current and efficient building codes. This week’s theme “Don’t Get Burned – Build to Code” focuses on the importance of taking steps to prevent fire-related deaths and accidents.
The United States Fire Association offers these statistics and tips for preventing home fires:
More than 2,500 Americans died in home fires last year, and in most cases, the home was not equipped with a functioning smoke alarm. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom and outside all sleeping areas. Replace batteries annually and remember that smoke alarms do not last forever; replace them every ten years.
Residential fire sprinkler ordinances have been adopted by several hundred U.S. communities for use in family dwellings and have been shown to provide significant life safety benefits. Installing residential sprinklers can increase the chance of surviving a fire. Sprinklers may also increase property values and lower insurance rates.
Finally, create an escape plan that includes two routes of escape from every room and ensure everyone in your home practices it regularly. Pick a meeting place outside the home. Get out and stay out!
For more information on fire safety and prevention, visit www.usfa.fema.gov/FireIsEveryonesFight or to learn more about Anne Arundel County’s building codes, go to www.aacounty.org/IP.
County Executive Steve Schuh visited the Department of Inspections and Permits to present an Executive Proclamation declaring May as Building Safety Month.