Chief's Corner: Just make it up as you go? Please don’t…

Just make it up as you go? Please don’t… 

Chief Alan Perdue

By Chief Alan Perdue (ret.), SBC Executive Director

Posted on November 20, 2023

One of the things I have learned during my public safety career is that there are certain people that either can’t — or don’t want to — admit that they don’t know or understand something. Instead of searching out the truth, they often just make it up as they go. That's fine if you are playing a game with a group of friends. However, if you are enforcing codes and standards, such a make-it-up-as-you-go approach is ill-advised. Having a clear understanding of what you are requiring as a code official is paramount to applying and enforcing the requirements.

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