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Building Safety Month

May is Building Safety Month

The 2021 theme is: Prevent, Prepare, Protect. Building Codes Save

All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events and structural collapse. Building codes are society's best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores and entertainment venues. Code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe.

Building Safety Month is an international campaign that takes place in May to raise awareness about building safety. This campaign reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes, and helps individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play. The International Code Council ICC, its members and partners come together to promote building safety through proclamations, informational events, briefings and more. Watch a video about Building Safety Month from the International Code Council.

Week one: Energy and Innovation

The City of Carlsbad Building Division has adopted and enforces the most current energy code which is the 2019 California Energy Code. In fact, our city takes energy efficiency a step further with the City of Carlsbad Climate Action Plan to help the city meet state goals for reducing greenhouse gases and the community’s goal of promoting a sustainable environment. The International Code Council offers many resources to highlight energy efficiency.

Week two: Training the Next Generation

Inspectors who are certified show that they are serious professionals who understand the importance of continuous learning. This industry changes constantly, requiring a sustained effort on the part of local jurisdiction inspectors to study the codes, maintain continuing education units and seek other learning opportunities in order to stay on the cutting edge of technology and industry trends.

Building and Fire Inspectors are required to be certified in order to perform their job. The International Code Council offers training classes designed to help Inspectors learn proper methods of inspection and strategies for passing certification exams. The International Code Council offers national and state inspection certifications.

Local programs

  • Southwestern College offers a construction management program with opportunity to earn an Associate on Science in construction inspection and construction management.
  • San Diego State University offers professional certificates in: civil sitework construction, construction practices, construction project management, construction supervision.
  • San Diego Mesa College offers a Building Construction Technology program.

As the need for housing continues to grow, the need for an educated and certified Building Safety work force has never been greater. As the current generation of Building Safety leaders nears retirement, the next generation must be prepared to tackle the challenges of a changing society.

Listen to a podcast on California's code adoptions and dedicating a career to building safety

Follow along with one of our Fire Inspector as he inspects a commercial building and highlights the importance of codes to create safe structures. 

Week three: Water safety

During warm weather seasons, homeowners and renters should take the time to check their outdoor areas for potential safety hazards. Proper inspections now can help to keep your family and friends safe in the future.

Nationally, drowning is a leading cause of death for children under the age of five. Practice constant, adult supervision around any body of water, including pools and spas. And, if you're considering a swimming pool purchase, contact your local Building Department first to determine exactly what permits are needed and what requirements you must follow.

Preparation 

    • Learn C.P.R. Insist that everyone in the household, using the pool/spa and is over 14 years of age, be certified for infant/child safety and CPR.
    •  Have a professional inspect your pool and spa regularly for entrapment and electrical hazards.
    •  Consider installing anti-entrapment pool drain covers
    • Communicate pool safety measures with the baby-sitter and train the sitter on infant/child CPR.
    • Adults should learn how to swim and administer rescue techniques.
    • Mount rescue equipment by the pool such as a lifesaving ring, shepherd's hook and a CPR sign.

Prevention

  • Save the phone calls and text till all children are out of the pool. Children should be supervised at all time while in the pool.
  • Always practice constant adult supervision around any body of water. Older children should not be left in charge of younger children in the pool area. Learn to swim and always swim with a partner
  • Teach children not to swim with out an adult present

Protection 

  • Install warning alarms on doors, gates, and windows leading to the water.
  • Install a non-climbable, five-foot fence that separates the pool/spa from the residence. Fence slat openings should be no more than four inches wide so children cannot squeeze through the spaces.
  • Install self-closing and self-latching gates and doors leading to the pool/spa with latches above a child's reach. Gates should open outward.
  • Never prop the gate open or disable the latch.
  • Install a pool safety cover (power operated are the safest and easiest to use).

Learn how to become a Water Watcher

The Building Department has a list of code requirements they inspect while inspecting a new pool. Items such as aqueous bonding of the electrical components in the pool (lighting), GFCI protection of any electrical outlets near the area, fencing, latches, ensuring the proper drain covers are provided to prevent entrapment, checking that alarms are on all doors, windows and gates leading to the pool. These are all codes required for new pools and are required.

Week four: Disaster preparedness

The City of Carlsbad is known for is abundant natural open space, which is enjoyed by residents all year long. When nature is your neighbor, however, it's important to take precautions against wildfires. Defensible Space is your property’s front-line defense against wildfire. Creating and maintaining defensible space around your home can dramatically increase your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire and improves the safety of firefighters defending your property

Learn more about defensible space

History of Building Safety Month

For the last 41 years, we have celebrated advances in constructing safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient buildings and homes. The ongoing support of Building Safety Month and the important role code officials play in public safety in the built environment has come from U.S. presidents, governors, mayors, county executives, other government officials and construction industry professionals.

The City of Carlsbad Building Official, Jason Pasiut, currently serves as the Vice President of the International Code Council San Diego Chapter. This local chapter, which was incorporated in 1958, is comprised of Building Officials, members of the design and construction community and students meet on a monthly basis to discuss important topics related to Building Safety..

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