International Building Safety Week May 6-12

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
703-324-3187, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-2010
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April 23, 2007

Northern Virginia Governments Celebrate International Building Safety Week

During its regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday, April 30, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will declare May 6-12 as International Building Safety Week 2007 in Fairfax County. Similar proclamations are expected to be made in Arlington County, the city of Alexandria, the town of Herndon, the city of Falls Church and the city of Fairfax, during their regularly scheduled meetings. The goal of International Building Safety Week is to increase public awareness of the building code and the role of code enforcement professionals.

At the meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services also will present the Building Safety Community Partnership Award, which recognizes private or corporate residents for advancing the mission of ensuring building safety in Fairfax County. The 10th annual award will be presented to William R. Sutton, architect and partner at Sutton, Yantis Associates, in recognition of his 18 years of service as the liaison between Fairfax County and the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, a cooperative arrangement wherein the parties have met every other month to discuss and resolve building code issues of mutual concern.

Throughout International Building Safety Week, county, city, and town field inspectors, plan reviewers, engineers and administrative staff will participate in a community outreach program to further this national public awareness campaign. On May 5 and 6, in another regional collaborative effort, several booths will be staffed jointly by 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. The booths will be 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 7710 Richmond Highway, 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 visitors.

On Friday, May 4, beginning at 8 a.m., a free breakfast presentation and press conference on the theme “Building Smarter…for Disasters and Everyday Life” will be held at Fairfax City Hall, 10455 Armstrong Street, Fairfax. The featured presentations will be given by Leo Titus, regional vice president of ECS Mid-Atlantic, and Randy Noel, past president of the Louisiana Home Builders Association. The event will be attended by building, fire, zoning, and health officials from all six jurisdictions, the media, architects, engineers, community leaders and leaders of local trade associations. Representatives of homeowners and building contractors associations are also expected to attend. Additional information may be obtained by calling Patrick Nnaji of the Fairfax County Commercial Inspections Division at 703-324-1910, TTY 771. Continental breakfast will be served.

Information about new regulations on building decks and installing smoke detectors, installation of electrical systems for home improvements and other building­related topics is available on the county’s Web site at Land Development Services staff also are available to provide presentations to community and civic organizations. To schedule a presentation, call 703-324-1910, TTY 703-324-1877. 


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