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KEYS’ EMPLOYEES SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER TO LOCAL CHILDREN

12/08/2017 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) employees recently spread holiday cheer to local needy children by donating over $1,500 worth of gifts in advance of the holiday season.

KEYS’ Employee Activities Committee* (EAC) recently collected monetary donations from employees to go toward the purchase of gifts for needy children. KEYS’ EAC partnered with Wesley House Family Services to identify children to benefit from the gift drive.

“At a time when many families are struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, I am extremely appreciative our employees were able to help brighten the holidays for some of the young members of our community most in need,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO.

* KEYS’ Employee Activities Committee is a volunteer, self-funded group of employees that help to organize employee morale boosting activities throughout the year at no cost to KEYS or its customers.

PHOTO CAPTION: (Front row, from left) EAC Members Jeanette Williams, Donnie Yarbrough, and Sabrina Hall. (Second row, from left) Wesley House Family Services’ Jeremy Wilkerson, EAC Chair Julio J. Torrado, EAC Vice Chair Heather Arencibia, EAC Members Frankie Webb and Victoria Albury, Wesley House Family Services CEO Beth Barrett, and EAC Member Chasity Curry.


KEYS’ PORTABLE SPACE HEATER SAFETY TIPS

12/07/2017 ~ With temperatures forecast to dip in the Florida Keys over the weekend, portable space heaters can warm a cold and drafty house. Keys Energy Services recommends following these safety principles with portable space heaters:

- Plug portable space heaters directly into an outlet; do not use an extension cord.

- Make certain the circuit you plug a space heater into can adequately and safely handle the added demand.

- Never remove the grounding feature on a plug by clipping or grinding off the third prong.

- Use an adaptor to connect the heater’s three-prong plug, if you do not have a three-hole outlet. Make sure the adaptor ground wire or tab is attached to the outlet ground.

- Keep heaters away from passageways and keep all flammable materials such as curtains, rugs, furniture and/or newspapers at least three feet away.

- Unplug and safely store portable space heaters when not in use.

For more electrical safety tips, visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International at www.esfi.org.


POST-IRMA TRANSMISSION LINE WORK TO IMPACT COW KEY CHANNEL BRIDGE AREA

12/04/2017 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) will begin work on Saturday, December 9th, setting two transmission (TIELINE) poles, and related power lines and hardware, off of the northbound lane of the Cow Key Channel Bridge. The new poles are replacing two that were damaged during Hurricane Irma. One of the damaged poles has already been removed and one is scheduled for removal as part of this project.

Work will be both off of a barge and off of the bridge so motorists should expect lane shifts during this work period. Water access to Hurricane Hole Marina may be periodically shut down during this time. Work from the barge is scheduled to be complete within the weekend with future work being scheduled for replacement of distribution power lines on the poles.

There will be no interruption in electrical service during the scheduled repair work. Watercraft should exercise caution when in the area during the scheduled work periods.


KEYS WINS FMEA BUILDING STRONG COMMUNITIES AWARD

11/20/2017 ~ The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently honored the community service efforts of Keys Energy Services (KEYS) by recognizing the municipal electric utility with the 2017 Building Strong Communities Award.

Honored during the Building Strong Communities luncheon at FMEA’s annual Energy Connections Conference and Trade Show in St. Augustine on November 8, KEYS received the award for its commitment to enhancing its customers’ quality of life through community-improvement programs such as their environmental initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases and ongoing involvement and support of numerous school/youth-related activities and programs throughout their service area.

“Being a part of the community is about more than making sure the lights are on,” said FMEA Executive Director Amy Zubaly. “The recipients of the 2017 FMEA Building Strong Communities Awards excel in not only taking an interest in seeing their communities succeed, but also actively working toward making them better places to live and building strong communities.”

About FMEA: The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.


KEYS WARNS CUSTOMERS OF LOCAL PHONE SCAM

11/15/2017 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) has once again been made aware of a local scam that is targeting utility customers with the aim to have energy bill payments wired to fictitious accounts.

Under the scam, customers are informed by phone that a payment is immediately due on their electric account or they will have their service disconnected. They are then instructed to wire the payment to a fictitious account or provide their credit card information over the phone. The scammers are using the pressure of having service disconnected as a means to have victims erroneously wire money. Well informed individuals have prevented the fraud from being perpetrated, but all KEYS’ customers are advised to remain vigilant to avoid falling prey to the scam.

“If customers are unsure of the authenticity of a call and need to verify its legitimacy, they should contact KEYS at (305) 295-1000 and ask to speak with a Customer Services representative,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. She went on to add that, “at that time they can check the status of their account and verify their account information.”


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