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When you enter a house or building, most likely you assume it is safe and was properly constructed in accordance with building codes. Fortunately, the City of Cheyenne Building Safety Department and Cheyenne Fire Rescue experts work hard to assure building safety and fire prevention every day. To help raise awareness of building safety, the City of Cheyenne proudly celebrates Building Safety Month in May. The theme, “Building Codes Save Lives” highlights four areas: Partnering With Code Officials To Build Stronger, Safer Communities; Advancing Resilient Communities Through Science & Technology; Protecting Communities From Disaster; Safeguarding Our Water; Improving Education & Training Standards For A Safer Tomorrow.”
During May, the Code Council, its 64,000 members, and a diverse partnership of professionals from the building construction, design and safety community come together with corporations, government agencies, professional associations and nonprofits to promote building safety through proclamations, informational events, legislative briefings and more.
“When building safety and fire prevention experts inspect buildings during and after construction, we help to ensure that the places where you live, learn, work, worship and play are safe,” said Blas Hernandez, Chief Building Official for the City of Cheyenne. “The important work we do is often overlooked until a catastrophic tragedy occurs.”
The City of Cheyenne Building Safety Department of dedicated professionals licensed 4,197 contractors, issued 4,265 permits and performed 12,054 inspections in 2017 to ensure the safety of our structures, plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems.
Building safety and fire prevention codes address all aspects of construction, such as structural soundness of buildings, reliability of fire prevention and suppression systems, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency and sustainability. To ensure buildings are safe requires the active participation of building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, builders, engineers, contractors and others in the construction industry, as well as property owners.
“Public safety is our number one concern,” said Byron Mathews, Fire Prevention Division Chief for Cheyenne Fire Rescue. “During Building Safety Month and all year long, building safety and fire prevention officials are here to help protect you, your family and our community.”
The International Code Council is a member-focused association dedicated to helping the building safety community and construction industry provide safe and sustainable construction through the development of codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.
Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council Foundation (ICCF), a non-profit subsidiary of the International Code Council.