Colorado State Publications Blog

May is Building Safety Month

Governor Hickenlooper has declared May, 2016 as Colorado Building Safety Month.  This month brings recognition to the work of architects, engineers, and construction workers, as well as fire prevention professionals, to reduce risk of structure fire, collapse, flooding, airborne pollutants, and other potential injury-causing structural defects and problems.

In our library you can read more about what the State of Colorado is doing to make sure our buildings are safe and sound, including safety standards and regulation of the building design and construction professions.  Start by visiting the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control’s Fire and Life Safety webpage, which includes information on building fire suppression systems, the Hotel/Motel Fire Safety Act, permitting and inspection information, and more.  Then be sure to check out these publications available from our library:


Carbon monoxide:

Case studies:


Fire prevention:


Government buildings:

Home safety, general:

Lead-based paint:

Licensing and regulation of professions:


School facilities:

 Swelling soils/subsidence (earth movements):

 Wood burning stoves:

  • Wood for Home Heating:  How to Install a Wood Burning System Correctly and Safely.  Colorado Office of Energy Conservation, 1981.
  •  Using Coal and Wood Stoves Safely.  Colorado Office of Energy Conservation, 1974.

You can also view our collection of building codes in our Incorporated by Reference collection, which are materials pertaining to specific rules in the Colorado Code of Regulations.

Click to read the Governor’s Proclamation.

Colorado State Publications Blog


Reported in today’s news is that asbestos removal is a financial burden to small towns in Colorado. It’s expensive, and funding from the state is limited. Many property owners ignore the health risks and raze or renovate illegally. If you are concerned about your own property, the Department of Public Health and Environment Asbestos Program web site has information on the rules and regulations, contractors, disposal sites, laboratories that identify asbestos in products, and contact information. The following two documents are good places to start, and a search in our online catalog will turn up additional information as well.

Building Renovation and Demolition: What You Need to Know

Asbestos Waste Disposal, April 2007