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St. Lucie County Recognizes Building Safety Month

Post Date:05/21/2020 7:48 AM

May is Building Safety month, which was recognized by St. Lucie County with a proclamation at Tuesday’s County Commissioner meeting.

While public events to raise awareness of Building Safety Month were not able to happen this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Lucie County’s Planning and Development Services staff wants to remind residents of the importance of the construction community.

“When people are out and about, they do not think of all the products and knowledge it takes to construct a safe and functional building,” said St. Lucie County Building Official Douglas Harvey. “Building Safety Month helps us remember all of the people, items, training and professionalism it takes to build a strong, vibrant sustainable and resilient community.”

Sponsored by the International Code Council, Building Safety Month reminds the public of the critical role code professionals have in our communities as the protectors of public safety (local code officials) to ensure safe and livable buildings in America. The theme for Building Safety Month 2020 is “Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World,” and encourages all Americans to raise awareness about the importance of safe and resilient construction; fire prevention; disaster mitigation, and new technologies in the construction industry.  The themes the month included: Disaster Preparedness; Water Safety; Resiliency, Sustainability & Innovation; and Training the Next Generation.

Each person has a hand in making sure everyone takes the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of our built environment, and the importance of safety codes by local and state agencies and how it has saved lives and protected homes and businesses. 

A special thanks to Florida’s licensed-professional plans examiners and building inspectors who ensure every day that our community has safe construction.

St. Lucie County’s Planning and Development Services staff never shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic finding new ways to safely serve the public. The Building Division received more new permits in April compared to the same timeframe last year. The Building staff continues to look for innovated ways to service the residents and construction community including working toward offering virtual inspections.

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