Phoenix celebrates Building Safety month

Deer Valley, AZ – To raise awareness of building safety, the Phoenix Planning & Development Department celebrates Building Safety Month during May. Building Safety Month is a public safety awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable and energy-efficient homes and buildings.
This year’s theme is, “Building Safety: Maximizing Resilience, Minimizing Risks.” Weekly themes during Building Safety Month are: May 5-11, Code Officials: Keeping Fire in Its Place; May 12-18, Code Officials: Helping Homeowners Weather the Storm; May 19-25, Code Officials: Surround Your Building with Safety; and May 26-31, Code Officials: Building a Brighter, More Efficient Tomorrow.
“Phoenix’s building safety experts are important to our community, and work closely with homebuilders, contractors, plumbers, roofers and many more to keep our residents safe,” said Mayor Greg Stanton.
An interactive display demonstrating various aspects of building safety is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Phoenix City Hall Atrium, 200 W. Washington St.
Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building safety codes result in structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage. Regardless of the department code officials work in—building, fire, planning or elsewhere—they work hard to provide public safety by ensuring buildings are constructed safely. Because resilient structures minimize the risk of property damage, property owners may pay lower insurance costs and millions of taxpayer dollars can be saved when rebuilding from natural disasters.
Based on building science, technical knowledge and past experiences, model building codes provide protection from man-made and natural disasters, guarding public health and reducing property losses. The codes address all aspects of construction, from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency.
For more information about building safety or the Planning & Development Department, visit phoenix.gov/pdd, call 602-262-7811, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/phoenixplananddev or twitter.com/buildingphx.

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