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Governor Haslam Proclaims May as Building Safety Month

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 12:08pm

NASHVILLE, TN – To help raise awareness of building safety, Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office proudly proclaim May as Building Safety Month. 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.

“When our building safety and fire prevention experts inspect buildings and review construction plans they help ensure that the places where you live, learn, work, worship and play are safe,” State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak said. “They work closely with homebuilders, contractors, plumbers, roofers and other construction industry trades to provide maximum public safety.”

Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building safety codes result in resilient 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 every day 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.

“Public safety is our number one concern,” McPeak said. “During Building Safety Month, and all year long, we ask that Tennesseans take every step possible to protect their families, communities and properties.”

For a full list of building safety tips, visit the International Code Council’s website at

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