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For Immediate Release: 4/15/2014
Montgomery County Recognizes Building Safety Month in May

To help raise awareness of building safety, Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services (DPS) is celebrating Building Safety Month by offering free deck maintenance inspections for single-family detached homes, townhouses and duplex dwellings. The inspections are available to all Montgomery County residents – excluding those in the City of Rockville and the City of Gaithersburg. The inspection will include a checklist for homeowners to help them maintain a safe and sound structure.

This year’s Building Safety Month theme is “Maximizing Resilience, Minimizing Risks.” Each week of the month will address a different subject, with communities across the country promoting the following themes: Keeping Fire in its Place; Helping Homeowners Weather the Storm; Surrounding Your Home with Safety; and Building a Brighter, More Efficient Tomorrow.

Building safety and fire prevention codes address all aspects of construction, such as structural soundness of buildings, reliability of fire prevention and suppression systems, mechanical systems, and energy efficiency and sustainability. Ensuring that buildings are safe requires the active participation of building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, builders, engineers and others in the construction industry, as well as property owners.

Residents interested in scheduling a deck inspection should contact Montgomery County during the month of May by calling 3-1-1, or by fax at 240-777-6258. Homeowners will be contacted before the inspection is performed. All requests will be honored as the inspectors’ workloads permit.

For more information about Building Safety Month, visit the DPS website at


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Release ID: 14-158
Media Contact: Sue Tucker 240-777-6507

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