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. View the Building Safety Month Tips for 2018.
This year's theme: Building Codes Save Lives
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, 2018
Improving Education & Training Standards for a Safer Tomorrow
May 27 - Building Safety Month Week 5: Sharpen the tools in the toolbox – You can never go wrong improving your current set of skills and knowledge. Visit the ICC Learning Center.
May 28 - Increase your productivity – Well educated employees are the most productive and display high quality performance levels.
May 29 - Training Improves employee morale – Feeling more confident in your skills and abilities improves your overall attitude towards work.
May 30 - Increase your knowledge and skills and lessen the chances of errors on the job.
May 31 - Become a strong asset for your organization. Acquire skills and efficiency during training. Visit the ICC Learning Center for online courses.
Week 1 // May 1-5, 2018
Partnering with Code Officials to Build Stronger, Safer Communities
May 2 - Following building code during construction and remodeling will keep you healthy and safe and protect your investment.
May 3 - Remodeling your home? Put adaptability and safety first with these universal design tips.
May 4 - Have ever you said, “What if?” Get ideas from FEMA on how to create a Family Emergency Communication Plan.
May 5 - Protect your family and neighbors. Learn how to install and use earthquake shut off and excess-flow valves.
Week 2 // May 6-12, 2018
Advancing Resilient Communities Through Science & Technology
May 6 - Building Safety Month Week 2: Install motion detector lights to discourage trespassing and criminal activity.
May 7 - Stay in touch with your community. To receive warnings about Malibu traffic and area disasters, sign up for email or text messages on the City website.
May 8 - Text, don’t talk! Get a Family Communication Plan designed for kids to organize emergency contact numbers. Identify an emergency meeting place.
May 9 - What is freeboard? Find out how to deal with sea-level rise.
May 10 - Are you Storm Smart? Learn about the benefits for using freeboard.
May 11 - Whether you’re considering renovating, remodeling or building from the ground up, look for the latest technology and make sure it is based on the codes and standards that put safety and efficiency first.
May 12 - Drones no longer are novelties – Drones no longer are novelties – you can use them to maintain construction site security and inspect difficult-to-reach areas, reducing the opportunity for accidents and injuries.
Week 3 // May 13-19, 2018
Protecting Communities from Disasters
May 13 - Prepare your family for natural disasters. Federal Alliance for Safe Homes provides tips.
May 14 - Develop a Family Disaster Plan. Don’t forget that you need 1 gallon of water per person per day!
May 15 - Review your evacuation route and emergency shelter locations with your family.
May 16 - Prepared for an earthquake? Practice “Drop, Cover, & Hold On!” Watch Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock’s video PSA.
May 17 - Sheltering in place is critical in times of disaster when conditions require that you seek protection in your home, office or other location where you are when disaster strikes.
May 18 - Is your Emergency Supply Kit ready? Update and replace expired items yearly.
May 19 - Visit America’s PrepareAthon to learn more about how to prepare for earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and winter storms.
Week 4 // May 20-26, 2018
Safeguarding Our Water
May 20 - If you're considering a swimming pool purchase, contact Malibu Building Safety staff first to find out what permits are needed and what requirements you must follow.
May 21 - 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 22 - California water conservation rules include using drought-tolerant plants for new homes with more than 500 square feet of landscaped area, and limit turf grass to 25% of landscaping.
May 23 - Clean water is the world’s most precious commodity. Did you know... 844 million people lack basic drinking-water service? EPA provides tips on how to save water indoors and outdoors.
May 24 - 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.
May 25 - Pool Safety - Make sure drain covers are properly fitted and paired or have vacuum suction releases to prevent being trapped under water. View Malibu Building Safety requirements.
May 26 - Just in time for summer! ICC provides 10 Important Tips to Remember for Backyard and Pool Safety.