On April 27, Mayor William D. Euille signed a proclamation declaring May as Building Safety Awareness Month in the City of Alexandria. The City’s Department of Code Administration employees are responsible for ensuring homes and buildings throughout Alexandria are safely and properly constructed in accordance with building codes. Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council Foundation, a nonprofit group representing building safety officials across the country.
Building safety and fire prevention codes address all aspects of construction, such as structural soundness of buildings, reliability of fire prevention and suppression systems, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency and sustainability. The theme of this year’s Building Safety Month, “An International Celebration of Safe and Sensible Structures,” highlights four areas: Energy and Green Building; Disaster Safety and Mitigation; Fire Safety and Awareness; and Backyard Safety.
Alexandria’s Code Administration Department will officially kick off the month at an event to promote building safety on May 1 at T.C. Williams High School, beginning at 11 a.m. They will also be promoting building safety throughout May by hosting a public display each Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Market Square, Saturday mornings at the Old Town Farmer’s Market from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., and on May 5-6, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at a regional exhibit located at Alexandria’s Home Depot.