As we prepare ourselves for the increased severity and frequency of natural disasters, building safety is even more important.
Disaster mitigation through the adoption and enforcement of building codes is one of the best ways for communities to prepare and protect against 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 become affordable, resilient, and energy efficient and minimize the risks of death, injury, and property damage in the event of a disaster. Contemporary planning, building materials, design, and construction can make our communities more resilient in the aftermath of disasters, severe storms, fires, and other events.
No longer are places of residence simply a family living space; they’ve taken on the role of extended work, school, gym, and entertainment centers. With a greater demand to create safe and resilient communities of the future, buildings need to account for increased dangers from natural disasters, resource shortages, and a wide range of public safety concerns.
Building Safety Month provides homeowners, government officials, and the public with the necessary information for ensuring safety in the spaces where they live, work, and learn.
In May 2022, Linn County is participating in the 42nd annual Building Safety Month, a worldwide campaign presented by the International Code Council, its members, and partners to promote building safety.
This year’s campaign themes are:
- Week 1: Planning for a Safe & Sustainable Tomorrow
- Week 2: Exploring Careers in Building Safety
- Week 3: Understanding Disaster Mitigation
- Week 4: Creating a Safe & Abundant Water Supply
Building codes have protected the public for thousands of years, dating back to the Babylonian Empire. Today, the International Codes, developed by the Code Council and adopted by Linn County, are the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the U.S. and around the world.
Linn County’s Planning & Development code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe and are dedicated to building safety to help protect you and your family in Linn County.
Visit Linn County’s website to find information about building safety for your home, including decks, stairs, pools, remodels/additions, solar panels, smoke alarms, inspections, and more!
Learn more about Building Safety Month at BuildingSafetyMonth.org.