Building Safety Month
Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign to help citizens understand what it takes to create and sustain safe structures. As part of its participation, the City of Malibu will offer a "Tip of the Day" on Facebook, Twitter @MalibuEnviroDpt, and Instagram @KeepItCleanMalibu.
This year's theme: No Code. No COnfidence.
Founded by the International Code Council, this campaign is celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide because they understand the need for safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play.
The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of:
- modern, model building codes
- strong and efficient system of code enforcement
- well-trained, professional workforce
Week 5 // May 27-31, 2019
Innovations in Building Safety
May 27 - Drones no longer are novelties, but are increasingly being used to maintain construction site security and observe post-disaster building damage, reducing the opportunity for accidents and injuries.
May 28 - Green building can aid occupant comfort and health, save money and preserve resources during the design, construction and operation of buildings.
May 29 - The 2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) provides green building strategies including criteria for energy efficiency, resource conservation, water safety, land use, site development, indoor environmental quality.
May 30 - The Code Council and the Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR) released their community resilience benchmarks on buildings with specific guidelines for increasing the safety, sustainability and resilience of communities’ building stock.
May 31 - Creating a resilient community requires diligent planning and innovative thinking. Read about these 4 steps towards resilience.
Week 4 // May 20-26, 2019
Construction Professionals and Homeowners: Partners in Safety
May 20 - Before you begin any work that involves construction, contact Malibu Building Safety staff first to find out about permits and requirements.
May 21 - Did you know… the earliest known code of law was written circa 2200 B.C.—the Code of Hammurabi, king of the Babylonian Empire? Find out more about codes with ICC's Building Codes 101.
May 22 - In addition to helping make your home safe, the building codes can also help make your home more energy efficient, and conserve water and resources. Find out about Green Building in California.
May 23 - Only 31 percent of hazard-prone jurisdictions adopt what FEMA deems a hazard-resistant building code. The International Codes (I-Codes) are a family of 15 coordinated, modern building safety codes used in all 50 U.S. states.
May 24 - Building codes specify the minimum requirements to safeguard the health, safety and general welfare of building occupants.
May 25 - If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by your community, the value of your investment could be reduced.
May 26 - Guard yourself against injury or lawsuits by getting permits. Find out more about the Benefits of Building Permits.
Week 3 // May 13-19, 2019
Securing Clean, Abundant Water for All Communities
May 13 - The World Health Organization estimates 844 million people lack basic drinking-water service. Building, plumbing and green codes help guard this precious commodity for future generations.
May 14 - All pools holding more than 24 inches of water must be surrounded by a fence at least 4 feet high. Any gates in the fence must be self-closing and self-latching.
May 15 - During warm weather seasons, take the time to check your outdoor areas for potential safety hazards. Take the pledge and get a free pool safety kit.
May 16 - The City’s Malibu Smart program is a new water efficiency initiative available to locals. Get rebates to make your home and yard smart.
May 17 - Find water efficient products that meet EPA’s criteria for efficiency and performance with the Water Sense program.
May 18 - Learn how to DIY and more at the FREE Rainwater & Greywater Workshop 05/29/19, 6 - 8 pm. The City waives the permit & plan check fees for laundry-to-landscape greywater systems. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP online.
May 19 - Install backflow protectors in your home. Cross-contamination can happen even while residents are filling their backyard swimming pools, drawing some of the pool’s chlorine into the home
Week 2 // May 6-12, 2019
Ensuring a Safer Future Through Training and Education
May 6 - Well-trained, motivated building safety professionals are key to creating and maintaining a successful built environment. Learn about Code Officials through this interactive poster.
May 7 - A building inspector inspects structures to determine compliance with the various building codes and standards adopted by the jurisdiction.
May 8 - A building official manages the development, administration, interpretation, application and enforcement of the codes adopted by their jurisdiction.
May 9 - A permit technician assists in the issuance of construction and development permits to ensure compliance with the provisions of a jurisdiction’s adopted regulations and codes. Find some of Malibu's permit FAQs.
May 10 - A fire marshal develops and delivers fire prevention and implements public fire safety programs that provide for inspections of occupancies for life safety and fire issues in accordance with codes and standards adopted by their jurisdiction.
May 11 - A plumbing inspector inspects the installation, maintenance and alteration of plumbing systems complete with their fixtures, equipment, accessories, and appliances.
May 12 - The building industry will experience a loss of 80 percent of the existing skilled workforce over a 15 year period. The International Code Council has developed Safety 2.0 to welcome a new generation.
Week 1 // May 1-5, 2019
Preparing for Disasters: Build Strong, Build Smart
May 1 - One of the best ways for communities to prepare for disasters is to build to the most up-to-date, modern building codes. Find out about the Wildland-Urban Interface Code (WUI).
May 2 - Determine your risk. Identifying and understanding possible hazards and emergencies is the first step in preparing for natural disasters.
May 3 - Consider incorporating a safe room in building plans and improvements. A safe room is a hardened structure specifically designed to meet FEMA criteria and provide near-absolute protection in extreme weather events, including tornadoes and hurricanes.
May 4 - Develop a family disaster plan that includes a list of food and water supplies needed for each member of your family and supplies for your pets. Make copies of important documents like insurance policies, the deed to your home, and other personal papers, important phone numbers and a home inventory. Create a checklist of important things to do before, during and after a disaster.
May 5 - Taking shelter is critical in times of disaster. Sheltering in place is appropriate when conditions require that you seek protection in your home, place of employment or other location where you are when disaster strikes.