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County marks 'building safety month' in May


The Washington County Board of Commissioners and the Department of Land Use & Transportation have joined other agencies across the nation to declare May 2014 as National Building Safety Month.

This year’s theme is “Building Safety: Maximizing Resilience, Minimizing Risks.” It reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained professional workforce to maintain the system.

Each week in May, the campaign will emphasize a different aspect of building safety.

Week 1 (May 5 to 11): Fire Safety & Awareness

Week 2 (May 12 to 18): Disaster Safety & Mitigation

Week 3 (May 19 to 25): Backyard & Pool Safety

Week 4 (May 26 to 31): Energy & Green Building

Throughout May, the Department of Land Use & Transportation will partner with the county’s Emergency Management Cooperative, Solid Waste & Recycling and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue to reinforce the importance of emergency preparedness, green construction and code safety through educational lobby displays in public buildings.

County Building Services division staff members will also be at the 2014 Public Works Fair near the Beaverton Farmers’ Market on Saturday, May 17 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to answer questions about building codes and permits.