To help raise awareness of building safety, the Warren County Building and Environmental Codes Department is observing Building Safety Month in May.
Building Safety Month is a public safety awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable and energy-efficient homes and buildings. Warren County Executive Herschel Wells has proclaimed May to be Building Safety Month in Warren County.
Building codes have protected the public for thousands of years. The earliest known code of law — the Code of Hammurabi, king of the Babylonian Empire, written circa 2200 B.C. — assessed severe penalties, including death, if a building was not constructed safely. The regulation of building construction in the United States dates back to the 1700s.
“When our building safety and fire prevention experts inspect buildings and review construction plans to ensure code compliance, they help to ensure the places where you live, learn, work, worship and play are safe,” said Nolan Ming, director of the Warren County Building and Environmental Codes Department. “We work closely with homebuilders, contractors, plumbers, roofers and other construction industry trades to provide maximum public safety.”
Homes and buildings built in compliance with building safety codes result in resilient structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage. Regardless of the department code officials work in — building, fire, planning or elsewhere — they work to provide public safety by ensuring buildings are constructed safely. Because resilient structures minimize the risk of property damage, property owners may pay lower insurance costs and millions of taxpayer dollars can be saved when rebuilding from natural disasters.