The International Code Council Foundation (ICCF) is a subsidiary of the International Code Council (ICC), an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) member and accredited standards developer dedicated to building safety, fire prevention, and energy efficiency. Many ICC codes and standards serve as the basis for construction of federal properties around the world, and as a reference for nations outside the United States.
According to ICCF, countless accidents occur in homes across the U.S. and globally where codes are poorly understood or used improperly. To help consumers take practical steps to lead healthier, safer lives, ICCF has created an online resource that provides a comprehensive toolkit on safety and building codes, an interactive educational site for children, and helpful tips for making homes, schools, and other buildings healthier for all.
"Building safety codes are often taken for granted, but they are incredibly necessary, and the foundation upon which healthy, secure homes and buildings are built," said Richard P. Weiland, ICCF Board of Governors and CEO of the International Code Council. This year, Building Safety Month will focus on four core themes:
Energy and Green Building
The first week will spotlight advancements in sustainable design and building. Consumers can learn low-cost ways to make existing homes more efficient, long-term strategies for long-term savings, and tips on building green in new construction.
Disaster Safety and Mitigation
The recent disaster in Japan shined a spotlight on the importance of adhering to stringent building codes. During week two of Building Safety Month, consumers will learn how to prepare their homes to be safer from earthquakes, tornados, and other natural disasters.
Fire Safety and Awareness
The third week will focus on the critical issue of fire safety. In addition to encouraging safe use of smoke detectors, candles, and home fireplaces, consumers will learn safety tips about gas and electronic appliances.
With summer barbeques and summer outdoor parties just around the corner, the final week of Building Safety Month reminds homeowners of the "dos and don'ts" of installing, operating, and maintaining outdoor appliances.
For more information, visit www.BuildingSafetyMonth.org.