6/25/2012 - FEMA continues emphasis on building safety
In an effort to teach businesses and homeowners about building safety, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is highlighting the importance of building codes.
Ken Murphy, FEMA's administrator for Region 10, said the best way to ensure a property has been constructed in a sound manner is through this type of standard.
"Building codes are meant to protect us," said Murphy. "The more people understand and respect building codes, the better we will build and the safer our communities will be."
He added that building codes are not only important for individual homeowners, but communities as well, as a certain level of building code protection needs to be satisfied for residents to qualify for the National Flood Insurance
Murphy also talked about the safety ramifications of building codes, as homes and residences that are not up to par codewise result in a considerable number of accidents each year.
The hope is that homeowners will gain a greater awareness and schedule a home inspection if they have not had one performed in a while. Building experts recommend homes be professionally inspected on a regular basis.