Brookline, MA – In May 2022, Brookline Building Department will participate in the 42nd annual Building Safety Month, a worldwide campaign presented by the International Code Council, its members and partners to promote building safety. This year’s campaign theme, “Safety for All: Building Codes in Action,” raises awareness about the importance of building codes in ensuring safety in the spaces in which we live, work and learn. “Safety for All: Building Codes in Action” also encourages us all to raise awareness about planning for safe and sustainable construction; career opportunities in building safety; understanding disaster mitigation, energy conservation, fire prevention and life safety.
Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building safety codes and the officials who enforce the codes are essential to helping communities become affordable, resilient, and energy and water-efficient. Building Safety Month provides homeowners, government officials, and the public with the necessary information and resources to prepare and protect our built environment.
Building Safety Month also provides an opportunity to reflect on the critical role of our communities’ largely unknown protectors of public safety––our local code officials––who assure us of safe, sustainable and affordable buildings that are essential to our prosperity.
In observance of Building Safety Month, people all over the world are asked to consider the commitment to improve building safety, resilience and economic investment at home and in the community, and to acknowledge the essential service provided to all of us by local and state building departments, fire prevention bureaus and federal agencies in protecting lives and property.
With an extensive history dating back to 2200 B.C and the Code of the Hammurabi, king of the Babylonian Empire, building codes have protected the public for thousands of years. Today, the International Codes, developed by the Code Council, adopted and amended by our Commonwealth of Massachusetts, are the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the world.
Learn more about Building Safety Month at BuildingSafetyMonth.org, checkout Brookline's Building Safety Month page, or join the conversation on social media using #BuildingSafety365.