Red Cross program aims to make Bellefonte safer from fires

Given Bellefonte’s history of destructive fires, any prevention efforts should be well-received.

American Red Cross volunteers will be out and about Saturday, a Red Cross news release said, to install free smoke detectors and to educate on the importance of fire preparedness. Volunteers are focusing on the neighborhood around St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

The detectors are part of the Red Cross’s effort to reduce the number of fire injuries and fatalities by 25 percent over five years, the release said, and were made possible in part by Ben Franklin Technology Partners.

“Right here in Centre County we remember three Bellefonte structures that have been devastated by fires in the past — the Do De, Garman Theater and Bush House,” said Red Cross Mid State Executive Director Stephanie Frost. “Walking door to door with our friends and neighbors, we’re probably smiling because of the time spent together, but we also know that might save another historic structure, or, more importantly, a life.”