BEND, Ore. -

Throughout May, the city of Bend will be celebrating Building Safety Month 2013.  This year’s theme is “Code Officials Keep You Safe.” Each week, City Hall will offer a themed display:


  • May 6 – 12:  Fire Safety & Awareness - Protecting our homes and workplaces with essential safety precaution measures.


  • May 13 – 19:  Disaster Safety & Mitigation - Raising awareness about how to prepare for a natural disaster and take action when one strikes.


  • May 20 – 26:  Backyard & Pool Safety - Creating a safer environment for families to enjoy activities outside the home.


  • May 27 – 31:  Energy & Green Building – Spotlighting the latest advancements in sustainable design and building.


City Hall displays will include handouts for children, as well as additional information. The Bend Fire Department will also have a controlled burn demonstration on Thursday, May 9 at 10am, at the North Fire Station’s Training Center, located at 63377 Jamison Street.  The demonstration will include a demonstrated structure fire and the effects of fire sprinkler systems.


Building Safety Month is presented by the International Code Council (ICC), a member-focused association dedicated to helping the building safety community and construction industry provide safe and sustainable construction through the development of codes and standards used in the design , build and compliance process. Whether a Building Official, Inspector, Plan Reviewer, or Fire Marshal, their mission is the same: to prevent harm by ensuring compliance with building safety codes before a disaster occurs. First Preventers play a major role in saving lives, protecting property, and reducing recovery costs often borne by the public. For more information, call Donna Hamilton, City of Bend Plans Examiner, at 541-312-4911.