Building Safety Month

May is Building Safety Month!

Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.

The campaign is presented by the International Code Council and its 57,000 members worldwide along with a diverse partnership of professionals from the building construction, design and safety community. Corporations, government agencies, professional associations, nonprofits and more come together to support Building Safety Month because they understand the need for safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play.

In recognition of the need for safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play, the Town of Wake Forest Inspections Department is a proud supporter of Building Safety Month.


Weekly Themes

  • May 1 - 7: Mentoring the Next Generation of Building Professionals 
  • May 8 - 14: Building Design Solutions for All Ages 

  • May 15 - 21: Manage the Damage - Preparing for Natural Disasters 

  • May 22 - 28: Investing in Technology for Safety, Energy & Water Efficiency 


Building Safety Month Events 
The Inspections Department will sponsor/participate in several events and activities to bring attention to the importance of ensuring safe and sustainable structures. In addition to the April 29 kick-off, the Inspections Department will help raise awareness of building, electrical and deck safety in Wake Forest by participating in the following events and activities in May:


Kick-Off Event
Saturday, April 29 ~ 11 am - 3 pm
Town & Country Hardware, 910 Gateway Commons Circle 

The Town of Wake Forest Inspections Department invites area residents to a Building Safety Month Kick-Off Event on Saturday, April 29, from 11 am - 3 pm at Town & Country Hardware, 910 Gateway Commons Circle. The free event will include free hot dogs while they last, games, prizes and more.

During the event, Inspections staff will be onsite to answer questions about building safety, best practices, and the building permit process. Guests can also learn about the services the department offers, including Express Residential Plan Review, and talk one-on-one with town inspectors about building safety, codes, and inspections as they pertain to common residential projects, such as decks, kitchen and bath remodels, and screened porches. 


Meet in the Street
Saturday, May 6 ~ 10 am - 5 pm
South White Street, Downtown Wake Forest

The Inspections Department invites area residents to stop by the Town of Wake Forest tent during Meet in the Street. Inspections staff will be on hand to answer questions about building safety, best practices, and the building permit process. Visitors can also learn about the services the department offers, including Express Residential Plan Review, and talk one-on-one with department staff. 


Friday Night on White
Friday, May 12 ~ 6 - 9 pm
South White Street, Downtown Wake Forest
The Inspections Department invites area residents to stop by the Town of Wake Forest tent during Friday Night on White. Inspections staff will be on hand to answer questions about building safety, best practices, and the building permit process. Visitors can also learn about the services the department offers, including Express Residential Plan Review, and talk one-on-one with department staff. 


Stop By Town Hall
As part of the month-long observance, the Inspections Department will offer informational displays, videos, and brochures in the ground floor lobby of town hall. Area residents are invited to stop by town hall during normal business hours to speak with Inspections staff one-on-one about building safety and codes, permitting, and inspections as they pertain to common residential projects like decks, kitchen and bath remodels, and screened porches.


Build a Safe House
Residents can visit Last House Standing to learn what it takes to build a safe house. Last House Standing is a social gaming application that provides the ultimate design and disaster challenge. Players have three minutes and $100,000 to build a house that strikes a perfect balance between stylish and indestructible. When it’s finished, the game will unleash Mother Nature’s wrath. Whatever is left will be judged on flair and ability to survive. Challenge random opponents and friends to see who will have the Last House Standing.


A Special Thank You to the Building Safety Month Sponsors  

  • Professional Building Supply

  • Act Electric

  • Lennar

  • Fastenal

  • Tim Brummitt Electric

  • Steve Owen Electric