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City of Stillwater participates in worldwide campaign to promote building safety this May

Released:May 01, 2018

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2018 Building Safety Month Poster

(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / May 1, 2018) – The City of Stillwater is participating in Building Safety Month this May, a worldwide campaign presented by the International Code Council, its members and partners to promote building safety.

First observed in 1980, Building Safety Month raises awareness about critical safety issues from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems and energy efficiency.

“Building codes have protected the public for many years, here in Stillwater and across the United States,” Development Services Director Paula Dennison said. “Building safety affects everyone. Staying current with local codes helps our local building department function and take on new advancements for building a safer tomorrow.”

Stillwater City Council will also recognize Building Safety Month with a proclamation at its meeting on Monday, May 7.

Development Services reviews plans, issues permits, inspects, provides building code requirements, and other information for new and existing building construction, including sign permits, remodels, alterations, pools, fences and demolitions.

Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with our building safety codes result in resilient structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage.

“When our building safety and fire prevention experts inspect buildings and review construction plans for code compliance, they help to ensure the places where you live, work and play are safe,” City Building Official Kirk Crisp said. “We work closely with homebuilders, contractors, plumbers and other construction industry trades to provide for the public safety of our community.”

Today, the International Codes, developed by the Code Council and adopted by our community, are the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the U.S. and around the world.

Throughout the month of May, the City of Stillwater will post information and engage in discussions about building safety topics and answer residents’ and developers’ questions about building permits and inspections.

For more information about the City’s Development Services Department, call 405.742.8220 or go to their webpage at http://stillwater.org/page/home/government/departments-divisions/development-services.  

Learn more about Building Safety Month at www.buildingsafetymonth.org or join the conversation on social media at #ICCBSM18.

This year’s themes are:

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For media inquiries, contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at 405.742.8219 or email news@stillwater.org.

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