International Building Safety Week


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

May 9, 2006

Local Governments Celebrate International Building Safety Week

During its regularly scheduled meeting on May 1, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors declared May 7-13 as International Building Safety Week 2006 in Fairfax County. Similar proclamations are expected to be made by Arlington County, the city of Alexandria, the town of Herndon and the city of Fairfax during their regularly scheduled meetings. The goal of International Building Safety Week is to increase public awareness of building codes and the role of code enforcement professionals.

The Board of Supervisors also presented its annual Building Safety Community Partnership Award, which recognizes private or corporate citizens for advancing the cause of building safety in Fairfax County. The ninth annual award was presented to Dr. Frank Woeste, P.E., Virginia Tech professor emeritus, for his contributions to deck safety and design. Through his research in testing the sufficiency of traditional construction materials and techniques used in building residential decks, and the procedures used in inspecting such work, Woeste has brought attention to areas of potential weakness, and has identified ways to remedy them.  In so doing, Woeste has improved the construction standards for decks and balconies not only in Fairfax County, but throughout the country.

On May 13 and 14, representatives from Fairfax County, Arlington County, the city of Fairfax, the city of Alexandria and the town of Herndon will staff information booths at entrances to 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 7710 Richmond Highway, Alexandria.  Visitors will have the opportunity to get answers to building code- and building-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.

Information about regulations on building decks and installing smoke detectors, general home improvements, and other building?related topics is available on the Fairfax County Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/construction/.  Land Development Services staff also is available to provide presentations to community and civic organizations.  To schedule a presentation, call 703-324-1910, TTY 703-324-1877. For more information about International Building Safety Week activities, call Patrick Nnaji, Fairfax County Commercial Inspections Division, at 703-324-1910, TTY 711.

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