This May, the City of Carlsbad will participate in Building Safety Month, a worldwide campaign presented by the International Code Council to promote building safety. This year’s theme is Prevent, Prepare, Protect. Building Codes Save and it highlights the importance of the adoption of modern building codes and how they create safe and sustainable structures.
All communities need building codes to protect their residents from disasters like fires, weather-related events and structural collapse. Building codes are society's best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores and entertainment venues. Code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe.
As we prepare ourselves for the increased severity and frequency of natural disasters, building safety is even more important. Disaster mitigation through the enforcement of building codes is one of the best ways for communities to prepare and protect against future disasters. Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building safety codes and the officials who enforce the codes are essential to helping communities minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage in the event of a disaster.
This year’s campaign themes are:
Week One: Energy and Innovation
Week Two: Training the next generation
Week Three: Water Safety
Week Four: Disaster Preparedness
“The men and women that serve as building safety and fire prevention experts are heroes to our communities,” said Jason Pasiut, Building and Code Enforcement Division Manager. “They inspect buildings and review construction plans to ensure code compliance and to ensure the places where you live, work and play are safe.”
Today, the International Codes, developed by the Code Council and adopted by reference in to the California Building Code for our community, are the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the U.S. and around the world.