"We're not doing anything different, we're just trying to raise awareness and educate the public to let them know the importance of using safe building practices," said Brett Moorman, director of community development.
According to the proclamation, "'Building Safety: Maximizing Resilience, Minimizing Risks' the theme for Building Safety Month 2014, encourages all Americans to raise awareness of the importance of building safe and resilient construction; fire prevention; disaster mitigation, backyard safety; energy efficiency and new technologies in the construction industry. Building Safety Month 2014 encourages appropriate steps everyone can take to ensure that the places where we live, learn, work, worship and play are safe and sustainable, and recognizes that countless lives have been saved due to the implementation of safety codes by local and state agencies."
Moorman said Building Safety Month applies to everyone because, "residents need to know the importance of using licensed contractors to protect them and their safety as well."
Moorman also said for those needing more information on development, the city has PDF files to help explain some of the processes they use regarding permits and building codes.
"It discusses requirements for licensed contractors, when they are required and when they aren’t. If someone is not qualified it can result in damage to the home or possibly loss of their home down the road from electrical damage or something else," he said.
Moorman said Building Safety Month makes people more aware of the importance of following the proper codes and ordnances.
"It makes the average person a little more aware of not just doing an addition to their house or adding onto a business but thinking through the process of why building codes are required and why ordnances are there," said Moorman.
According to the proclamation, each year, in observance of Building Safety Month, Americans are asked to consider projects to improve building safety and sustainability at home and in the community, and to acknowledge the essential service provided to all by local and state building departments and federal agencies in protecting lives and property.
For more information about the codes and ordnances visit www.cityofclevelandms.com.