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Mayor issues safety proclamation

May 29, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The month of May has been proclaimed by Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness as the Building Safety Month and Safe Digging Month. The Building Safety Month proclamation is intended to raise awareness on the importance of safety at home and in other buildings.

The proclamation goes on to explain that safety codes are an essential component to a city's promise to keep its citizens safe while having "safe, efficient and livable buildings."

Safety measures also associated with the proclamation concern smoke alarm safety, carbon monoxide safety, power cord safety, permits for at-home projects, appliances safety and safe exit paths and passages.

"Each year, in observance of Building Safety Month, Americans are asked to consider projects to improve building safety and sustainability at home and in the community and to acknowledge the essential service provided to all of us by local and state building departments in protecting lives and property," reads the proclamation.

The Safe Digging Month proclamation is issued in part to promote the use of 811, the national call-before-you-dig number that directs callers to their local "one call center" and provides the locations of utility lines at the caller's intended dig site. Accidental damage to a utility line could cause service interruption, damage and injuries.

"Whereas, through education and safe digging practices, excavators and homeowners can save time and money keeping our nation safe and connected," reads the proclamation.

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