May 2013: Building Safety Month

WHEREAS, Michigan's continuing efforts to address the critical issues of safety, energy efficiency and resilience in our built environment give us confidence that our structures are safe and sound; and,


WHEREAS, Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council to remind the public about the critical role building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, professional engineers, builders, laborers, and others in the construction industry play in assuring us of safe, efficient and livable buildings; and,


WHEREAS, the International Codes, the most widely adopted building safety, energy and fire prevention codes in the nation, are used by most U.S. cities, counties and states; these modern building codes also include safeguards to protect the public from natural disasters such as snowstorms, tornadoes and wildfires; and,


WHEREAS, "Building Safety Month: Code Officials Keep You Safe," the theme for Building Safety Month 2013, encourages the appropriate steps everyone can take to ensure that the places where we live, learn, work, worship and play are safe and sustainable, and recognizes that countless lives have been saved due to the implementation of safety codes by local and state agencies;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2013 as Building Safety Month in Michigan.