City of Cambridge celebrates Building Safety Month

Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer declared May as “Building Safety Month” during an April 7 council meeting. Pictured are Council Members Corey Bustrom, Lisa Iverson, Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer, Council Member Chris Caulk, Community Development Administrative Assistant Carri Levitski, Building Official Mike Fabini and Building Inspector Jeff Pleski. Photo by Rachel Kytonen

Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer declared May as “Building Safety Month” during an April 7 council meeting. Pictured are Council Members Corey Bustrom, Lisa Iverson, Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer, Council Member Chris Caulk, Community Development Administrative Assistant Carri Levitski, Building Official Mike Fabini and Building Inspector Jeff Pleski. Photo by Rachel Kytonen

Dear Editor:

America will celebrate Building Safety Month during May. The theme is “Building Safety: Maximizing Resilience, Minimizing Risks.” Each week of Building Safety Month spotlights a specific area of building safety: Code Officials: Keeping Fire in its Place, May 5-11; Code Officials: Helping Homeowners Weather the Storm, May 12-18; Code Officials: Surround Your House with Safety, May 19-25; and Code Officials: Building a Brighter, More Efficient Tomorrow, May 26-31.

The city of Cambridge is a Building Safety Month supporter and participant. First observed in 1980, the goal of Building Safety Month is to raise public awareness of critical safety issues from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency. Building safety impacts everyone.

Last year, a Presidential proclamation declared Building Safety Month nationally and governors, mayors and other elected officials across America signed proclamations supporting the public safety effort. This year, the community is continuing to work together to ensure public safety.

Among the 50,000 members of the International Code Council that created Building Safety Month are code officials, plan reviewers, fire inspectors, architects, builders, engineers, contractors and others in the construction industry, including city of Cambridge staff who work to ensure the safety of the buildings where we live, work, learn, worship and play. Those 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.

Educational materials are available for schools and the community at large including brochures about flood cleanup, mold prevention, green building and preparing for natural disasters. The public is encouraged to participate and learn about the essential safety work of the city of Cambridge.

Mike Fabini, Building Official

Jeff Pleski, Building Inspector

Carri Levitski, Community Development Administrative Assistant

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