County Council Proclaims May Building Safety Month

David Martinez, senior building inspector with Los Alamos County Community Development Department, accepts a proclamation from Los Alamos County Councilor Suzy Havemann, which proclaims May Building Safety Month. The proclamation was presented during the Tuesday night council meeting. Courtesy/LAC


Los Alamos County Council proclaimed May as Building Safety Month during its regular meeting Tuesday.

Councilor Suzy Havemann read the proclamation:

WHEREAS, Los Alamos County is committed to recognizing that our growth and strength depends on the safety and essential role our homes, buildings and infrastructure play, both in everyday life and when disasters strike; and

WHEREAS, our confidence in the resilience of these buildings that make up our community is achieved through the devotion of vigilant guardians–building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, engineers, builders, trades people, design professionals, laborers, plumbers and others in the construction industry-who work year-round to ensure the safe construction of buildings; and

WHEREAS, these guardians are dedicated members of the International Code Council, a nonprofit that brings together local, state, territorial, tribal and federal officials who are experts in the built environment to create and implement the highest-quality codes to protect us in the buildings where we live, learn, work and play; and

WHEREAS, these modern building codes include safeguards to protect the public from hazards such as snowstorms, windstorms, wildland fires, floods and earthquakes, and;

WHEREAS, Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council to remind the public about the critical role of our community’s largely unknown protectors of public safety-our local code officials-who assure us of safe, sustainable and affordable buildings that are essential to our prosperity; and

WHEREAS, “It Starts with You,” the theme for Building Safety Month 2023, encourages us all to raise awareness about building safety on a personal, local and global scale; and

WHEREAS, each year, in observance of Building Safety Month, people all over the world are asked to consider the commitment to improve building safety, resilience and economic investment at home and in the community, and to acknowledge the essential service provided to all of us by local and state building departments, fire prevention bureaus and federal agencies in protecting lives and property.

NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby proclaim the month of May 2023 as “BUILDING SAFETY MONTH”

Accordingly, I encourage our citizens to join us in thanking all of our building officials.

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