WAUSAU – The city of Wausau will mark the 39th annual Building Safety Month with a cookout at Wausau City Hall on May 22.

The cookout will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will offer free food, a gift card drawing and activities for the kids. Fire vehicles also will be on site.

First observed in 1980, Building Safety Month raises awareness about critical safety issues, from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency.

This year’s themes are:

May 1–5: Preparing for Disasters: Build Strong, Build Smart

May 6–12: Ensuring a Safer Future Through Training and Education

May 13–19: Securing Clean, Abundant Water for All Communities

May 20–26: Construction Professionals and Homeowners: Partners in Safety

May 27–31: Innovations in Building Safety

Learn more about Building Safety Month at buildingsafetymonth.org.