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[IDHS] Indiana State Officials Focus on Building Safety May 13-19
Start Date: 5/14/2012
End Date: 5/14/2012
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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has declared the week of May 13-19 as Building Safety Week, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is reminding Hoosiers they can make the places they live safer by taking simple steps. A few are:

• Install smoke alarms outside sleeping areas on each level of your home.
• Test your smoke alarm each month and change the batteries at least once a year.
• Develop a family action plan for a disaster, and include an escape plan from every room in the house in case of a fire.
• Use surge protective devices to protect electronic appliances.
• Routinely check the condition of electrical appliances and wiring for damage.
• To avoid damage and injuries during an earthquake, hang heavy items such as pictures and mirrors away from beds, couches, or anywhere people sit, and store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass, and china, in low, closed cabinets with latches.

May 13-19, 2012 is Building Safety Week. This year’s theme is “An International Celebration of Safe and Sensible Structures.” The week is sponsored by the International Code Council and International Code Council Foundation, to remind the public about the critical role of our state’s largely unknown guardians of public safety – our state and local code officials. These dedicated individuals assure us safe, efficient and livable buildings.

“Building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, engineers, and all those in the construction industry, work year-round to ensure the places we live, learn, work, worship and play are safe,” said Dean Illingworth of IDHS’s Division of Fire and Building Safety. “Countless lives have been saved due to the implementation of building and fire safety codes by state and local code officials.”

The Fire and Building Safety Division of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is responsible for inspecting hundreds of public structures a year, including schools, child care centers, nursing homes, hospitals, restaurants, and hotels.

For more tips on making your home safer and how to prepare for a disaster, visit getprepared.in.gov.


IDHS: Leadership for a Safe and Secure Indiana
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Media Contact: John Erickson or Emily Norcross (317) 234-6713, pio@dhs.in.gov
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