If you don’t have the resources to promote Fire Prevention Week in your community, get creative and ask local businesses for help! They’re often more willing to work with you than you may think. (Remember: If you don’t ask, the answer is always no!)
Dear (Name of Local Business):
Fire Prevention Week is a national public awareness campaign that works to educate people about ways they can reduce their risk to home fires. This year’s theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” reinforces the importance of home fire escape planning and practice.
While the (Your Town/City) Fire Department works to increase the community’s safety from fire throughout the year, we don’t have the budget to adequately promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 8-14, in our community. That’s why we’re asking for your help.
A donation of ($X) would enable us to (specify how the funding will be used, such as purchasing and distributing Fire Prevention Week brochures), and ultimately better educate (Your Town/City) residents about the importance of developing a home fire escape plan with all members of the household and practicing it twice a year.
In a home fire, people may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely can make a life-saving difference. Your support of our Fire Prevention Week efforts would be greatly appreciated by the (Your Town/City) Fire Department. In thanks for your contribution, the (Your Town/City) Fire Department will (identify how you will recognize the business’s support).
I will follow up with you in the coming week, and look forward to speaking with you. In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you in advance for your consideration.
(Your Name, Title)
(Your Town/City) Fire Department