Let's all take a lesson from the good people of Montgomery County, Maryland. Public officials there have made safety a priority--so much so that they've officially deemed May Building Safety Month. This year's theme is "Resilient Communities Start With Building Codes."
This proclamation aims to raise awareness on a variety of topics, including resilient construction and fire prevention. "Often it is not until after a disaster that residents are made aware of the importance of building codes," said Diane Schwartz Jones, director of the county's Department of Permitting Services, in an article that appeared on a government and public real estate news site. "This year, after a terrible fire in Downtown Silver Spring, we received a heartwarming message from a fire alarm system contractor acknowledging that the fire codes protected adjoining properties and thanking us for requiring sprinkler systems as part of our building codes."
Per Montgomery County's building codes, all new single-family homes must have sprinklers, a point officials are highlighting this month as "one of the top five ways building codes protect residents." Kudos to the county for making safety a priority at home.
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