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May is Building Safety Month
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Warren County codes enforcer Jason Simmons and city of McMinnville codes enforcer Josh Baker want to remind everyone May is the International Code Council’s Building Safety Month.
This year’s theme is “Code Officials Keep You Safe.”
 Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign offered each year to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create and sustain safe structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement, and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.
 The men made a walk-through of the Webb House being built off Manchester Highway. The assisted living facility is being built with many safety features including two layers of sheetrock in the ceiling to prevent the spread of fire from the attic.
 Each week of Building Safety Month spotlights a specific area of building safety:
 • Week 1, May 6-12: Fire Safety Awareness – The United States Fire Association says 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.
 • Week 2, May 13-19: Disaster Safety and Mitigation – A few tips to follow from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes when preparing your family for any emergency are: Develop a family disaster plan that includes a list of food and water supplies needed for each member of your family and supplies for your pets. Review your evacuation route and emergency shelter locations with your family. Taking shelter is critical in times of disaster.
 • Week 3, May 20-26: Backyard and Pool Safety – Swimming pools, barbecue grills, gardening tools and fertilizers, and lawn toys all pose risks.
 • Week 4, May 27-31: Energy and Green Building – Building green means living better, smarter and healthier. Use energy-efficient light bulbs, turn off lights and unplug electronics not in use. Seal air leaks. Install programmable thermostats. Upgrade windows, heating and air conditioning equipment. Change filters frequently. Install more insulation in walls and attics. Choose energy-efficient appliances.