Long Beach: City to Conduct Outreach Events in May in Recognition of Building Safety Month
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Long Beach, CA ~ Long Beach, CA - As May approaches, the City of Long Beach Community Development Department is gearing up to celebrate International Building Safety Month. This annual event, sponsored by the International Code Council, aims to raise awareness about building safety codes and their importance in ensuring the safety and well-being of residents and visitors.

Mayor Rex Richardson emphasized the city's commitment to prioritizing the safety of its community members. "The safety of our built environment is crucial for those who live, work, and visit Long Beach," he stated. "We must ensure that our homes, businesses, and schools have strong structural integrity to protect our citizens."

To spread awareness about building safety, the Community Development Department has planned various outreach events throughout the month. These events will primarily target students and educators at local college and high school campuses. Additionally, the department will be sharing informative posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for community members to follow along.

The department's Building and Safety Bureau will play a significant role in these outreach efforts. Engineering and technical staff will be visiting Long Beach City College as well as three specialized high schools within the Long Beach Unified School District. The goal is to engage with students studying engineering, architecture, and related fields to promote careers in public service.

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With dozens of Bureau staff handling engineering/plan reviews at the City Hall Permit Center every day, building safety inspections are a top priority for the department. In 2023 alone, over 42,000 residential and commercial inspections were conducted ranging from small home improvement projects to large-scale developments. And in just the first quarter of this year, 12,200 inspections have already been completed.

David Khorram, the City's Superintendent of Building and Safety/Building Official highlighted their commitment to ensuring compliance with state and local building codes. "Our job is to ensure that buildings meet all necessary standards," he explained. "By adhering to proper design and construction standards, we can ensure building resiliency and ultimately, the safety of our community."

For those looking for more information about building safety inspections or how to schedule one, the Community Development Department encourages them to visit their website or call the Permit Center at 562.570.PMIT (7648). As International Building Safety Month approaches, the City of Long Beach is dedicated to promoting and ensuring a safe built environment for all its residents.

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