NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— May is Building Safety Month. This year’s theme is “Code Officials – Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth.”

The Town of North Salem is hosting an event designed to raise awareness about critical building safety issues ranging from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems to energy safety.

Through a proclamation, the Town of North Salem Town Board has declared May 2017 to be Building Safety Month.

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The following topics are this year’s main focus of building safety.

• Mentoring the next generation of building professionals

 • Building design solutions for all ages

• Manage the damage – preparing for natural disasters

• Investing in technology for safety, energy and water efficiency

Building Safety Month was created by the International Code Council (ICC), whose members include code officials, plan reviewers, fire inspectors, architects, builders, engineers, design professionals, contractors including the Town of North Salem Building Department, that work to ensure the safety of the buildings where we live, work, learn, worship and play.

Building 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.

We invite members of the community to learn more about building safety measures you can enact in your own lives.

North Salem will be hosting a special forum on May 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Town of North Salem Meeting House at 66 June Road.

The town will have representatives from different organizations to discuss various topics designed to help ensure a safe building environment. The list includes people representing the ICC, FEMA, the North Salem Building Department, Croton Falls Fire Department, North Salem Ambulance Corps, EARS of Conn. (Barn Safety), a local architect, NYSEG and a local fuel company.

In addition, educational materials are available for schools and the community-at-large, including children’s activity books, brochures about flood cleanup, mold prevention, green building, and preparing for natural disasters.

We will also have a limited number of smoke detectors available for free. Refreshments will be served.

Article courtesy of Paul Taft, North Salem building inspector