Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared May as Building Safety Month, and he noted that this “gives all Virginians the opportunity to help raise awareness of the importance of building and fire safety regulations, and encourages the continued use of new technologies in the construction industry that drive economic growth through the Commonwealth.”
Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council and promoted statewide by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.
The theme for the month is “Code Officials – Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth.” Building safety professionals and fire preventers play important roles in helping to make buildings safe.
In his resolution, McAuliffe said that “Virginians should consider home and community improvement projects that promote safety and sustainability and acknowledge the essential services provided by Virginia’s building safety community.”
One group working for fire safety in buildings is the UL Fire Safety Research Institute, which has launched a “Close Your Door” public service announcement to raise awareness of an important fire safety tip.
If your home breaks out in fire, you have less than three minutes to escape safely. Closing your bedroom doors before you go to sleep can help slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire if a fire breaks out in your home.
Gov. McAuliffe’s proclamation about Building Safety Month
Close Your Door information