2016 Building Safety Month
Each year, Washington County celebrates May as National Building Safety Month. This month-long public awareness campaign includes a variety of activities and materials to highlight the weekly themes.
Proclamation / Promotion / Video
2016 Building Safety Month media release - pending May 3, 2016
2016 Building Codes: Driving Growth through Innovation, Resilience and Safety
Week 1: Building Solutions for All Ages (May 2 - 8, 2016)
Did you know the U.S. has 76.4 million Baby Boomers; almost one-fourth of the estimated U.S. population (320 million)? This is the time when Baby Boomers are making decisions about where they want to live and retire.
AARP says 89% of those age 50+ like their current homes and intend to remain in them as long as possible, which is called 'aging-in-place.' Below is a list of resources about aging in place, open house plans, one-story home design and more!
National Building Safety Month resources
- Home remodeling tips for Baby Boomers entering their Golden Years
- Baby Boomer Home Design
- Customizing your new home
- Floor plans for all of your family needs
- One-Story Living – Great Living on a Whole New Level
- Open up and say "Ahh" – Open Floor Plans
- The popular one-story home
- Universal Design – What it is and why it's important
- Design Tips for Baby Boomers (flyer)
Week 2: The Science Behind the Codes (May 9 - 15, 2016)
Ever think how a building weathers a strong wind or an earthquake? It's the same answer for how your home stays warm during the cold months and cool when it's hot. This week we'll talk about the science behind the building codes and why it's important for communities to adopt the most up-to-date information to help new and remodel construction to benefit from the science behind the codes, such as flood proofing, fire-resistance, structural strength, wind design, sustainability, safe drinking water, airflow, energy efficiency and more!
Resources about building code science
Week 3: Learn from the Past, Build for Tomorrow (May 16 - 22, 2016)
Natural disasters can happen at any time. Making sure your household and those in it are prepared is important.
- FLASH (Federal Alliance for Safe Homes)
- Develop a family disaster plan that includes creating a kit with medical supplies, food and water for each person in your home, as well as your pets
- Prepare each family member with a list of contact numbers to call in the event of an emergency
- Review your evacuation route and emergency shelter locations
- Learn what sheltering in place is about and when it’s appropriate
- Prepare your home for earthquake (video)
- Retrofit your Home for Earthquake Guide
Week 4: Building Codes: A Smart Investment (May 23 - 29, 2016)
The biggest investment most people will ever make is purchasing a home. Your home can represent security, a place to live and share life with others. Protect your investment by obtaining permits and building to code during construction and remodeling projects. Codes help make your home more safe, energy efficient, while conserving resources and water use. It also helps protect the value of your home should you ever choose to sell it. Without building permits, construction work on your home may make it difficult to sell or insure the dwelling.