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.
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2015 Resilient Communities Start with Building Codes
Week 1: Fire Safety & Awareness (May 4 - 10)
Do 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!
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 household
- 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
Week 3: Backyard & Pool/Spa Safety (May 18 - 24)
Summer 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.
Week 4: Energy & Green Building (May 25 - 31)