The International Code Council Foundation (ICC Foundation) announced that Mike Holmes, star of HGTV’s Holmes on Homes and Holmes Inspections, will serve as the 2012 honorary ambassador for the 32nd annual Building Safety Month. Holmes will kick off Building Safety Month on April 27 with a satellite media tour on the first anniversary of the 2011 Tuscaloosa tornado outbreak.

According to the announcement, Holmes will raise awareness of the importance of building codes and how they protect families by providing information to ensure places where they live, work and play are safe and sustainable.

“When I started down this road more than 30 years ago, my goal was to help homeowners. That hasn’t changed. But for me it’s important to go beyond just fixing their homes. I wanted to teach them about proper building methods and code requirements to protect them against unskilled contractors,” says Holmes. “Building codes are meant to protect us. And the more people understand and respect that, the better we will build and the safer our communities will be.”

Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign created to provide consumer information to help families understand the importance of a strong and resilient built environment, especially in light of the death of destruction that follows natural disasters. The four weeks of the campaign provide consumer tips for energy and green building, disaster safety and mitigation, fire safety and awareness and backyard safety.

Last year, President Barack Obama issued the first-ever Presidential Proclamation declaring May as National Building Safety Month.

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