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City-hosted luncheon,educational displays open to public Wednesday

In observance of Building Safety Week, the city of Sunnyside will host a luncheon for community residents this coming Wednesday, May 7.

City staff will also have educational materials for the public to review at the luncheon.

"For example, brochures about the benefits of building permits, flood clean-up, mold prevention, green building and preparing for natural disasters," said Elva Chumley, a permit technician for Sunnyside's building division.

Chumley said all community residents are encouraged to attend Wednesday's 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. luncheon on the lawn in front of city hall, to learn about the essential safety work of the city's building division.

The city's building division is a member of the International Code Council, which develops the most widely used building safety and fire prevention codes in the nation. Chumley said the staff of Sunnyside's building division works to ensure the safety of the structures in which local residents live, work, attend school, worship and play.

"These officials provide the first line of defense against building disasters," said Chumley. "We are silent, but attentive guardians who work daily to ensure safety in the built environment."

Officially, America is celebrating Building Safety Week this year May 5-11. This year's theme is "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.

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