"Ask a Pro" Events Planned During Building Safety Month


News Release - Ask a Pro

May is Building Safety Month, the International Code Council’s annual campaign to improve public safety by increasing awareness about how building codes officials protect the places where we live, learn, work, worship, and play. In observance of Building Safety Month, experts from Land Development Services, a division of Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, will set up “Ask a Pro” informational booths at four Home Depot Stores on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3.

Customers are invited to stop by the booths from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to ask building code-related questions. Building equipment and safety appliances, such as carbon monoxide alarms, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and radon test kits, will be on display.  Brochures on building and elevator safety, as well as permit process information will be available for customers to take.

Booths will be located at store entrances at the following Home Depot locations:

  • 12275 Price Club Plaza, Fairfax
  • 7710 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria
  • 6210 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church
  • 1651 Reston Parkway, Reston

Why Are Building Codes Important? 
Building codes protect residents by ensuring homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores, and entertainment venues are built to withstand disasters like fires, weather-related events, and structural collapse. Following Fairfax County’s building permit process adds a group of experts—plan reviewers, engineers, inspectors, technical assistants, and others—to commercial and residential project teams. The process is designed to engage residents, contractors, and developers as partners in ensuring projects are designed and constructed properly. Land Development Services issued 59,858 permits in FY 2014. Additional resources are available online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/buildingpermits or by calling the Customer, Technical and Support Center at 703-222-0801, TTY 711.

DPWES has participated in Building Safety Month for more than 25 years. In addition to the “Ask A Pro” events, Land Development Services staff members are also available during the month to make presentations on building safety at any organization or civic group within the county.

Fairfax County’s commitment to building safety will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 28, when the Board of Supervisors will read a proclamation designating May as Building Safety Month during their meeting. A Building Safety Month kickoff event for all participating jurisdictions in the Washington, D.C. metro area will be held Friday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Market Square in Alexandria, Va.

More information about Building Safety Month is available online at http://www.iccsafe.org/about-icc/building-safety-month/2015-building-safety-month-is-may/.

International Code Council
The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.

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Contact: Matthew Kaiser, Public Information Officer 
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services 
703-324-8455


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