May is Building Safety Month

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Governor Bill Lee has declared May 2019 as Building Safety Month to increase public awareness of the critical role building codes play in ensuring fire and life safety.
Created 39 years ago by the International Code Council, Building Safety Month is an international campaign designed to raise awareness about the importance of code adoption and celebrate the work of state and local codes inspectors who help ensure the safety of communities. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is proud to join Governor Lee and the International Codes Council in promoting this annual campaign.
In 2018, the State Fire Marshall’s Office completed 2,873 inspections of residential structures, issued 135,011 electrical permits, reviewed 1,045 building plans, and conducted 211,131 total electrical inspections.
Building codes address all aspects of construction, including fire prevention, structural integrity, and energy efficiency, to name a few.
Because these structures are being built with such resiliency, the risk of property damage is reduced, which may provide property owners with lower insurance costs and save millions of taxpayer dollars in the wake of natural disasters.
For more information on Building Safety Month, visit the International Code Council’s website.