Exciting Events in Fairfax County Celebrate International Building Safety Week
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April 2, 2003
Exciting Events in Fairfax County
International Building Safety Week
On April 7, during their regularly scheduled Board of Supervisor meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will declare April 6-12 as International Building Safety Week 2003 in Fairfax County. The goal of International Building Safety Week is to increase public awareness of the building code and the role of code enforcement professionals. Fairfax County has an excellent building safety record and is recognized as a national leader in the code enforcement profession.
During the meeting, the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services will also present the Building Safety Community Partnership Award to recognize private and corporate residents for advancing the mission of ensuring building safety in Fairfax County. The sixth annual award will be presented to Sara Y. Yerkes of the International Code Council. As vice president of Public Policy for the ICC, Yerkes was instrumental in persuading Virginia and other states to adopt the ICC family of codes. The adoption of these codes standardized building codes across jurisdictional lines, thereby improving proficiency within the design and construction communities and advancing building safety in Fairfax County.
Throughout International Building Safety Week, county field inspectors, plan reviewers and administrative staff will participate in a community outreach program to further this national public awareness campaign. Staff of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services will have information booths at store entrances in several building supply stores including the Home Depot stores at 12275 Price Club Plaza, Fairfax; 6201 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax; 3201 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax; 1651 Reston Parkway, Reston; 400 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, and Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, 6750 Richmond Highway., Alexandria.
On April 12 and 13, in a regional collaborative effort, the booths will be staffed jointly by engineers and inspectors from Fairfax County and other code enforcement agencies from Arlington County, the city of Fairfax and the city of Alexandria. Customers and visitors will have the opportunity to ask building code and safety related questions. Building equipment and safety appliances, such as carbon monoxide alarms, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and radon test kits, will be displayed. Information brochures on building and elevator safety and permit process information will be available to all customers and visitors.
On Saturday, April 12, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., free breakfast presentations on Building Safety in Emergencies will be held at the Alexandria locations of Home Depot, 400 S. Pickett Ave. and Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, 6750 Richmond Hwy. The presentations will be presented by code officials from Fairfax County and the city of Alexandria. Homeowners and building contractors are encouraged to attend. Additional information may be obtained by calling the Fairfax County Commercial Inspections Division at 703-324-1910, TTY 703-324-1877. Light refreshments will be served.
During Building Safety Week and throughout the year, staff of the Fairfax County Building Code Services office are available to answer questions related to building codes, building and construction safety and county permit and inspection procedures. The office is open between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is located at 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 444, Fairfax. The telephone number is 703-324-1960, TTY 703-324-1877.
Information about building decks and additions, installation of electrical systems for home improvements and other building related topics is available on the county’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes. Building Code Services staff are also available to provide presentations to community and civic organizations. To schedule a presentation, call 703-324-1910, TTY 703-324-1877.