May, 2014: Building Safety Month

WHEREAS, the theme for Building Safety Month 2014 “Building Safety: Maximizing Resilience, Minimizing Risks,” encourages raised awareness of the importance of building safe and resilient construction, fire prevention, disaster mitigation, backyard safety, energy efficiency, and new technologies in the construction industry; and,

WHEREAS, each year, in observance of Building Safety Month, Michigan citizens are asked to consider projects to improve building safety and sustainability at home and in the community, and to acknowledge the essential service provided to all of us by local and state building departments and fire departments in protecting lives and property; 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; and it is recognized that countless lives have been saved due to the implementation of safety codes by local and state agencies; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s continuing efforts to address the critical issues of safety, energy efficiency, and resilience in the built environment that affect our citizens, both in everyday life and in times of natural disaster, give us confidence that our structures are safe and sound.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2014 as Building Safety Month in Michigan.