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President Obama Honors Building Safety Month

Founded by the International Code Council, Building Safety Month (celebrated every year in May) is a means of educating the public and policymakers at all levels of government on the importance of developing, adopting, and enforcing safe and efficient model building codes, and ensuring that code officials and related building industry workers receive needed training and possess up-to-date knowledge.

In honor of Building Safety Month, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring May 2013 as National Building Safety Month, in which he said:

“When natural disasters and other hazards put American lives at risk, robust codes and standards for our buildings play an important role in keeping us safe. They ensure our homes and businesses are resilient to the challenges of our time—not just by making them structurally sound, but also by boosting their energy efficiency.”

“I encourage citizens, government agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and other interested groups to join in activities that raise awareness about building safety. I also call on all Americans to learn more about how they can contribute to building safety at home and in their communities.”

For additional information on Building Safety Month, including planned events and ways to get involved, visit

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