May 1st marks the first day of Building Safety Month 2023, the International Code Council’s annual campaign designed to increase awareness of building safety issues in homes, schools, and other global buildings.
The weekly themes for this year’s campaign are:
- Week One: Building Safety Starts at Home (May 1-7) highlights how building safety impacts our everyday lives.
- Week Two: Building Safety Professionals and You (May 8-14) clarifies the role of building safety professionals in our communities.
- Week Three: Preparing your Community (May 15-21) focuses on how to prepare for natural disasters and other hazardous events.
- Week Four: Advocating for your Community (May 22-28) provides tips and tools to advocate for local building safety.
- Week Five: Solving Challenges Together (May 29-31) illustrates what countries are doing to address issues such as water scarcity and clean buildings.
Each year, the Code Council, its members, and communities around the world celebrate building safety through proclamations, educational events, and community gatherings. To view current proclamations, or submit your own proclamation to declare May as Building Safety Month, click here.
“This year’s theme, ‘It Starts with You’, invites people to consider how building safety impacts nearly every part of their lives including their homes and families,” said Code Council President Michael Wich, CBO. “During Building Safety Month, we encourage people to become more aware of the building codes and standards that protect us from harm. We hope it leads to more discussions around what we can all do to create safer spaces to live, work and play.”
“Building safety is something many people take for granted,” adds Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “By becoming more aware of building codes and the important role they play in the built environment, we can take an active part in keeping our homes, schools, businesses, and communities safe and sustainable.”