Building Safety Month

May is Building Safety Month in Fairfax County

Fairfax County is recognizing May 2012 as Building Safety Month. This month focuses public attention on the importance of the building code and the role of code enforcement professionals. Building codes protect people and property because they ensure that buildings are properly constructed and safe.

Talk to a Professional

In commemoration of Building Safety Month, the Fairfax County Department of Public Works, in partnership with five other local governments (Arlington County; the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church; and the town of Herndon) have planned several events where residents can get free advice from building inspectors and engineers on how to make their homes safe:

  • Building Safety Month Kick-off Brunch – Tuesday, May 1, from 10:30 am -1:30 pm., at T.C. Williams High School Auditorium (3330 King Street, Alexandria). There will be presentations on Fire Safety and Awareness and Energy and Green Building Technologies. Contact the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services to make your reservation by calling 703-324-1910, TTY 711.

  • Ask a Pro at Home Depot – May 5 and 6: Homeowners can ask building code and safety questions at booths located at store entrances at the following locations:
    • 6201 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax
    • 3201 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax
    • 1651 Reston Parkway, Reston
    • 400 S. Pickett Street, Alexandria

    These booths will be staffed by professional engineers and inspectors from Fairfax County, Arlington County, the City of Fairfax, the City of Alexandria, the City of Falls Church, and the Town of Herndon.

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Building Safety Community Partnership Award

The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services also presented the Building Safety Community Partnership Award to Mr. John “Buddy” Showalter, of the American Wood Council. This annual award recognizes individuals and organizations for their contributions to advancing building and construction safety in Fairfax County.

For more information or to schedule a presentation on building safety, contact the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services - Land Development Services at 703-324-1910, TTY 711.

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