FLORIDA MOVE OVER ACT PROTECTS UTILITY VEHICLES
02/15/2018 ~ Since 2014 Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) crews are protected by the Florida Move Over Act as they work alongside local roads and highways to power paradise.
On July 1, 2014, the Act was amended to include utility service vehicles and sanitation vehicles to the list of public safety vehicles motorists must already slow down or move over for to protect personnel who work on roads and highways. The amendment was written by State of Florida Representative Holly Raschein and passed as part of a larger Florida Transportation bill (HB 7005).
Under the law, motorists are required to:
- Approach law enforcement patrol cars, emergency vehicles, utility service vehicles, sanitation vehicles, and tow trucks/wreckers with caution.
- Change lanes away from public safety vehicles if traveling on a multi-lane roadway and able to move over safely; or
- Slow down while maintaining a safe speed of 20-mph below posted speed limits, being careful not to impede or block the flow of traffic unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer.
Violating the Move Over law can result in a fine and points on your license.
Specific provisions of the law can be viewed online at www.leg.state.fl.us.
KEYS EMPLOYEES ACHIEVE LONGEVITY MILESTONE WITH UTILITY IN FEBRUARY
02/13/2018 ~ Two Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) employees will celebrate longevity milestones with the Utility in February.
KEYS’ Marc Palka will celebrate his 20th anniversary with the Utility on February 17th.
Palka currently serves as the Operator/Maintainer Leader within the Generation department. In his post he is responsible for overseeing the safe, reliable, and efficient operation and maintenance of power plant equipment, diesel engines, and simple-cycle combustion turbines.
KEYS’ Albert Fernandez will celebrate his 15th anniversary with the Utility on February 18th.
Fernandez currently serves as a Power System Coordinator within the Engineering/Control department. In his post he is responsible for managing the local electric grid by controlling the loading of the system’s generating resources.
KEYS OFFICES TO CLOSE IN OBSERVANCE OF PRESIDENTS DAY
02/12/2018 ~ In observance of President’s Day, Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) offices will be closed on Monday, February 19th.
KEYS’ offices will re-open for regular business on Tuesday, February 20th, at 8:00A.
DONT LET POWER OUTAGES BALLOON AFTER VALENTINES DAY
02/09/2018 ~ Valentine’s Day is a popular holiday for Mylar/metallic balloon sales. Not surprisingly, it is also the same day utilities across the country experience numerous balloon-related power outages. Since 2010 Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) customers have experienced 40 power outages directly caused by balloons or kites.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, KEYS reminds its customers that Mylar/metallic balloons which are allowed to drift away can land on power lines and in electrical substations, potentially disrupting the lives of thousands.
KEYS recommends these safety tips for handling Mylar/metallic balloons:
- Keep Mylar/metallic balloons indoors and never release them outside.
- Secure helium-filled balloons with a weight heavy enough to prevent them from drifting away.
- Never tie a balloon to a child’s wrist. If the balloon comes in contact with electricity, the electricity could flow through the balloon to the child, which could cause serious injury or death.
- Never attach metallic streamers/string to a balloon.
- When the celebration is over, puncture the balloon in several places and dispose it to keep it safely away from power lines and electrical equipment. Partially-inflated balloons can easily become airborne.
- Do not attempt to retrieve a balloon, or any object, tangled in power lines. Instead call KEYS at (305) 295-1010 to report the problem.
“Our job is to keep the lights on and we’ll do a better job of that if we can keep Mylar/metallic balloons from contacting our lines,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. “We ask that our customers show good judgment and never release a Mylar/metallic balloon outside,” she added.
CLYNES NAMED OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE OF THE FIRST QUARTER
02/02/2018 ~ Chris Clynes has been named Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Outstanding Employee of the First Quarter for 2018.
Clynes has worked for the Utility for just over two years and currently serves as the PC Technician within the Information Services (IS) section. In his current post he is responsible for end user support, management of KEYS’ computers, laptops, and mobile devices, and working with other IS Analysts on ongoing projects and day to day tasks.
In recalling the most rewarding aspect of his job, Clynes stated that he, “enjoys trying to find and implement technology solutions that can make our end users day to day tasks easier.” He added, “bringing a project from concept to completion is very rewarding.”
Clynes was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and moved to the Florida Keys in 2015 with his wife Danyel and daughter Kailey. In his spare time he enjoys playing hockey, boating and spending time with family. Clynes is also an avid Boston and New England sport fan.
The Employee of the Quarter Committee selects an employee four times a year for this award. Employees are considered for the award after being nominated by their peers. Final selection of the outstanding employee is based on several factors, which include attendance, attitude, efficiency, initiative, and job performance.
The Utility Board will recognize Clynes as the Outstanding Employee of the First Quarter during an upcoming regular meeting. His name will be engraved on a perpetual plaque that hangs in KEYS’ Service Building, he will receive a $250 bonus, and an extra vacation day.
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