Building safety being observed this week

Published 11:59 pm Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dear editor:

Andalusia will recognize Building Safety Week from June 8-12. This year’s theme is “Building Safety: Where You Live, Work and Play.”

First observed in 1980, Building Safety Week annually raises public awareness of critical safety issues affecting every person, regardless of age or occupation. These entail the structural soundness of the buildings where we live and work, reliability of fire prevention and suppression systems, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency and sustainability.

Inspectors, plan reviewers and others in Andalusia work to ensure the safety of the structures in which all of us live, work, attend school, worship and play. These officials provide the first line of defense against building disasters. We are silent but vigilant guardians who work

daily to ensure safety in the built environment.

In Andalusia, permits for building projects are issued in the Planning Department on the ground floor of city hall.

The City of Andalusia is a member of the International Code Council. The sponsor of Building Safety Week, the Code Council develops the most widely used building safety and fire prevention codes in the nation.

Micah Blair

Andalusia building inspector