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Date:5/7/2009

29th Annual Building Safety Week is May 3-9, 2009

WASHINGTON, May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During Building Safety Week 2009, the International Code Foundation is providing a Daily Dose of news consumers can use to save money and prevent disasters.

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Thursday's Daily Dose and international issue is safe water. Americans take our safe water supply for granted all thanks to the enforcement of our nation's safe water codes and standards. In other parts of the world, people are not so lucky. Safe drinking water is unavailable to an astounding 1.1 billion of our planet's population, and regrettably, in undeveloped countries a child dies every 15 seconds from a waterborne-related disease. There are various things consumers can do to help ensure that their water supply is safe:

  • Zero cost
    • Boiling water for household use
    • Using the sun to disinfect water
    • Storing water in plastic bottles
  • Low cost
    • Point-of-use disinfection: includes a variety of treatment procedures such as chlorine or other chemical disinfectants or UV lamps, various filters, or flocculation-disinfection formulations
    • Water filters
  • Long-term improvements
    • (FOR UNDERDEVELOPED COUNTRIES): Develop educational and promotional messages to target positive ideas about safe water and storage that include clarity, taste, good health, affordability and ease of use

Quick News Facts

  • 94% of diarrhea cases are preventable by modifying the environment to increase the availability of clean water, improving sanitation and increasing hygiene.
  • Simple techniques for treating water at home and storing it in safe containers could save countless lives each year.
  • Boiling water is the safest method of treating water.

The International Code Council Foundation (ICCF) joins its parent organization, International Code Council, to offer information about safe water. In addition, FEMA.gov and the World Health Organization (WHO) offer up-to-date information about combating waterborne diseases at the household level whether daily or after a disaster-related event. Internationally, the CDC and UNICEF offer online videos highlighting partnerships and simple ways consumers can help underdeveloped countries obtain funding and products to treat water for potable use. For more information, visit www.iccsafe.org/PMG.

"Building Safety Week is about providing individuals and families with the tools to live safely, and that includes the basic need for safe water," said Rick Weiland, The International Code Council Foundation Board of Governors President. "Nothing is more critical than a ready supply of safe and potable water to essential function in day-to-day living. America sets the standard in how to provide safe water. It enables us to share this critical information and the many resources available through model plumbing codes."

America will celebrate Building Safety Week from May 3 through 9 with the 2009 theme of "Building Safety: Where You Live, Work and Play." First observed in 1980, Building Safety Week annually raises public awareness of critical safety issues affecting every person, regardless of age or occupation. These entail the structural soundness of the buildings where we live and work, reliability of fire prevention and suppression systems, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency and sustainability. To learn more about Building Safety Week and see the growing list of supporting leaders, individuals and countries, visit www.buildingsafetyweek.org.

The International Code Council Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 subsidiary of the International Code Council. The International Code Council, a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties and states that adopt codes choose the International Codes developed by the International Code Council.


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