Austin Code Wants to Know: "Are you Summer Ready?"
Austin Code Department Begins Summertime Code Educational Campaign
Austin, TX - The Austin Code Department (ACD) launches its 4th annual educational campaign, Summer Ready with Austin Code, which runs from May 1 - July 31, 2021. The campaign aims to educate Austin residents about ways to enjoy the best things of summer by doing a few simple safety tasks around the space they call home.
“Summer Ready with Austin Code” brings awareness on local public health and property maintenance codes to watch out for during the hot summer months.
Tips and advice include:
- Maintaining lawn 12 inches or shorter
- Avoiding stagnant water
- Disposing of unwanted items properly and avoiding illegal dumping sites
- And ensuring proper property maintenance which includes weatherization and air conditioning maintenance
“Our educational campaigns continue to be a resourceful tool that our inspectors and staff use to engage with the community and educate the public about property maintenance code and provide tips and education on how to spot potential code violations. We know that by educating younger generations, we ensure that Austin will remain safe and livable for years to come,” said Assistant Director Elaine Garret. “Summer Ready gets the conversation started on how to enjoy our summer months free of mosquitoes and pests and how to keep our homes and our surroundings safe.”
Following this guidance helps avoid creating mosquito-breeding grounds and attracting rodents or snakes, in addition to creating unsafe pedestrian situations in neighborhoods.
Background: The Austin Code Department invests in proactive educational campaigns that promote education and awareness on property maintenance codes to Austin residents. This effort aligns with the City of Austin’s Strategic Plan 2023. Our goals are to strengthen community relations, awareness and understanding of local code requirements; ensure safe, healthy and legal uses of Austin lands and properties; deliver fair, equitable and transparent enforcement of City codes; and integrate innovative solutions to meet the dynamic needs of the community.
To learn more about Austin Code, Summer Ready and other educational campaigns and resources, visit: www.austintexas.gov/code.