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For Immediate Release:
May 24, 2012
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Department of State Recognizes Building Safety Month
Governor Cuomo Issues Proclamation to Help Raise Awareness

ALBANY - The Department of State’s Division of Code Enforcement and Administration highlights the importance of building safety to all New Yorkers in recognition of Building Safety Month.

Governor Cuomo has released a proclamation designating May as Building Safety Month. The Governor’s proclamation reflects on “the structural integrity of buildings, along with proper design and fire prevention measures” as integral to ensuring public safety. It reminds citizens “to be conscious of all aspects of building safety and the valuable work of those professionals who help maintain high standards of building design, construction and maintenance.”

“Adhering to building safety and fire prevention measures is of the utmost importance in all New York communities,” said Secretary of State Cesar Perales. “These practices are essential to keeping the public safe in the many buildings we use regularly, including offices, schools, and shopping malls. I urge local municipalities to support their code and fire officials as they work to ensure that our structures are safe and sound.”

The Department of State (DOS) oversees the enforcement practices of local governments with regards to building construction, fire prevention, and energy conservation. New York’s Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and State Energy Conservation Construction Code are based on the nationally developed International Codes. They address all aspects of building construction and rehabilitation, such as structural stability, reliability of fire prevention and suppression systems, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency and sustainability.

DOS provides a variety of services in New York related to the state’s Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and the State Energy Conservation Construction Code. In addition to coordinating with local governments on building construction, fire prevention and energy conservation enforcement practices, the DOS also provides technical and educational assistance to local jurisdictions, administers variances, and serves as secretariat to the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council.

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Proclamation (pdf)