Building Safety Month

May is Building Safety Month. The City, in conjunction with the International Code Council, is celebrating a 35-year legacy of leadership in building safety by offering our residents a month's worth of tips for living more safely and comfortably.

View our model home display, which offers a peek inside the walls and under the floorboards of a typical home to see hidden piping, electrical and other systems, and learn more about when and why building codes and inspections are required for safety.

View and download a kids' activity book.

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Did you know?

Building Safety Month - Water from pipeWater Usage

  • On average, 50% to 70% of home water is used outdoors for watering lawns and gardens. Inside, toilets use the most water, with an average of 20 gallons per person per day.
  • The average American household could save 20,000 gallons of water per year if it installed an inexpensive low flow showerhead. A low-flush toilet could reduce their water use by an additional 34%.
  • By installing more efficient water fixtures and regularly checking for leaks, households can reduce per capita water use from 74 to 52 gallons per day.

Pool Safety

  • Always watch your children when they are in or near a pool or spa.
  • Building Safety Month - PoolLearn to swim. Teach your children to swim. Practice basic water safety practices like swimming with a buddy and how to use a life ring or reaching pole if someone is in need of assistance.
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
  • Have a portable telephone close by at all times.
  • Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.


  • About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive Building Safety Month - Swimmingemergency department
  • The main factors that affect drowning risk are lack of swimming ability, lack of barriers to prevent unsupervised water access, lack of close supervision while swimming, location, failure to wear life jackets, and alcohol use.
  • Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male.

Learn More

Gresham’s Fire and Emergency Service web page Water Safety Tips 

10 important tips 

Check out this Kids USA page for Indoor and Outdoor Safety activities.