2015 Building Safety Month

Washington County celebrates National Building Safety Month in May 2015 with a Board of Commissioners' proclamation at its May 5, 2015 meeting. 

The month-long public awareness campaign included a variety of activities and materials to highlight the weekly themes. 


Proclamation / Promotion / Video

2015 Building Safety Month Proclamation from the Washington County Board of Commissioners

2015 Building Safety Month Media Release 

2015 Building Safety Month video


2015 Resilient Communities Start with Building Codes

Week 1: Fire Safety & Awareness  (May 4 - 10)

BSM 2015 - Week 1 - Fire preventionDo you have a working fire detector in your home? How about a fire escape plan for your household? The US Fire Administration states that the top five fire-safety topics most frequently identified with home fire deaths are smoke alarms, escape plans, child fire safety, older adult fire safety (cooking and heating) and careless smoking. Think fire safety in the home!

Fire Tips Safety Flyer      FEMA Fire Safety Video library



Week 2: Disaster Safety & Mitigation   (May 11 - 17)

Are you ready for an emergency or natural disaster? A little preparation will go a long way to ease your mind. Your actions can ensure that no matter what Mother Nature brings, you, your household and your community will be resilient.

  • Create at least a 3-day emergency food/water/supply kit for your householdBSM 2015 - Week 2 - disaster
  • Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes near each person's bed
  • Identify two exit routes from each room in your home
  • Secure heavy furniture, bookshelves, artwork/pictures/mirrors with fasteners to the wall studs
  • Secure your house to its foundation
  • Strap water heaters, appliances and TVs to wall studs
  • Know where and how to shut off the electricity, gas and water services
  • Identify a safe meeting place away from the home where your household can meet after evacuating

Preparedness Resources:

Earthquakes - 5 Steps to a Safer and Stronger Home

A Step-by-Step Guide to Retrofitting Your Home for Earthquakes   NEW!

How earthquake forces affect a home

10 Tips for Disaster Safety & Mitigation flyer

Red Cross –Disaster Safety Library –All hazards checklists

Red Cross –Safe and Well Reporting, Shelters, Disaster Recovery Guides

Take 5 to Survive

Public Alerts


Week 3: Backyard & Pool/Spa Safety  (May 18 - 24)

BSM 2015 - Week 3- water safetySummer is just around the corner! Keep your outdoor living areas and backyard safe from potential dangers. This week find resources about pool and deck safety, grilling safety and summertime hazard prevention tips to keep your outdoor time safe. Looking to build or remodel? ThinkPermit! Check with the Building Department to see if a permit is required for your project. Protect your home. Protect your family. 

10 Important Tips to Backyard and Pool Safety          5 Steps to a Safer and Stronger Deck



Week 4: Energy & Green Building (May 25 - 31)

BSM 2015 - Week 4 - Energy EfficiencyBuilding green means living better, smarter and healthier. Just by choosing energy-efficient building materials and supplies, homeowners can make positive changes to both inside and outside environments, creating homes that are better for you and our world.

Building green does not necessarily mean starting from scratch or spending more money. There are many ways to improve the green factor in existing homes by using longer-lasting and sustainable materials. 

10 Tips for Green & Sustainable Building