This class will outline life safety issues surrounding hoarding cases as covered by the Building, Residential, Fire and Property Maintenance Codes. Participants will have a better understanding about people who hoard, legal challenges, enforcement procedures and processes, and how to gain success by using a team approach. The class will also discuss clean up alternatives and when to seek professional assistance. Topics will include- Hoarding as a mental health issue, Life Safety Conditions and the I Codes, Animal Hoarding, Environmental Clean-up and Legal Aspects.
Mary Dickson is the Building Official for the City of Litchfield Park, AZ since 2017. Prior to this position, she served as the Building Official/Fire Marshal for the City of El Mirage, AZ for 10 years and Senior Plans Examiner for the City of Avondale, AZ for 9 years. Mary also does free-lance blueprint drawings of custom homes and remodels and has over 500 projects in 7 states. Before finding her niche in Building Safety she taught at the high school and junior college level for 12 years, teaching classes in architecture, drafting, blueprint reading and computer aided design (CAD). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Career and Technology Education and has earned ICC certifications in Residential and Commercial Plan Review, Building and Fire Inspections, and others including Certified Building Official.
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