Fire Prevention; Oregon Tourism; Tree Lighting; Holly Jolly Follies

Fire Prevention

Winter time is a time of concern for firefighters.  Winter fires increase with cold weather as people begin to heat up their homes with heaters, fire places, and portable heaters.  Tony Miller the Fire Prevention Captain with Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue says dangers exist in the home and safety needs to be the first thought when warming your house.

“A lot of people just don’t realize that you need to keep fire safety in mind and know that portable heaters for instance, if you plug them into an extension cord they can overload an extension cord they are designed to be specifically plugged into an outlet.”

Miller says fire dangers can exist from fire places or electrical sources, but other dangers exist too.  Such as Carbon Monoxide.

“You can’t smell it, you can’t taste it, you don’t even know it is there and next thing you know you just get tired and you fall asleep and you can succumb to that.”

Always keep areas well ventilated, and be careful with things like warming up your car in your garage.

Oregon Tourism

Over the past 15 years the State of Oregon has gone from 45th in the union in tourism to the number 3 spot, with a healthy 11 plus billion dollar industry.  Travel Oregon has had a big part in creating the buzz and bringing tourists in.  The Oregon Coast has become known as one of the favorite coastal destinations in the country according to the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bettina Hannigan.  Next Monday and Tuesday Travel Oregon will be visiting Florence for their meeting.  Hannigan says she has a 10 minute presentation planned for the group expounding the uniqueness of the Florence area.  Lane county is different from Lincoln and Coos counties in that we have only one coastal outlet where as Lincoln consists of Lincoln City, Waldport, Newport and Yachats.  Coos county has coos bay, Charleston and Bandon.

Tree Lighting

If you are planning on attending the Tree Lighting tomorrow in Old Town, you should probably dress for wet weather.  The national weather service is calling for rain throughout the day tomorrow, but that shouldn’t dampen the festivities.  Santa will arrive at 3:30 and there will be hayrides and treats.  Mayor Joe Henry will turn on the lights at 5:30.

Holly Jolly Follies

This evening through Sunday the Holly Jolly Follies will be at the Florence event center.  The annual event is put on by CROW and features members of the community in song, dance, and skits geared for the holiday season.  This year’s theme is Finding Joy.  The program begins at 7 pm this evening with a Saturday showing at 7 pm and a Sunday matinee at 2 pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the FEC box office or online at