KEYS TEN TIPS FOR HOLIDAY ELECTRICAL SAFETY
12/02/2013 ~ What is typically known as the most joyous season of the year can also be one of the most hazardous. Around the country, millions of people are decorating for the holidays, but unfortunately, many will unknowingly create numerous electrical hazards in and around their home.
Each year thousands of fires start as the result of overloaded outlets, faulty or worn electrical wires, and decorations used improperly. As part of an effort to reduce holiday accidents and to keep the holidays merry, Keys Energy Services (KEYS) has compiled the following simple tips for holiday electrical safety:
1) Never use nails or staples to secure light strings or electrical cords.
2) Do not overload extension cords and electrical outlets or connect more than three light strings together.
3) Inspect decorations before plugging them in, checking for frayed or loose wires and loose connections.
4) Turn off holiday lights while you are away from home or before going to bed at night. Consider adding a programmable timer to ensure lights are not accidentally left on.
5) Unplug strings of lights before replacing bulbs, and replace burned-out bulbs promptly with ones of the same wattage.
6) When placing lights or decorations outdoors, use only decorations and extension cords certified for outdoor use.
7) Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to avoid potential shocks.
8) Do not string lights on trees that are near or touching power lines.
9) On outside lights, point sockets down to avoid moisture build-up, wrap a plastic bag around connections and tie ends with electrical tape.
10) Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. Faulty bulbs could make the tree become charged with electricity.
For more information about holiday electrical safety, visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International at www.esfi.org.
KEYS has been brightening holidays in the Florida Keys since 1943, and wishes all residents a happy, and safe, holiday season!
KEYS WARNS CUSTOMERS OF LOCAL SCAM
11/26/2013 ~ 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 that their electric account is scheduled to be disconnected for non-payment. They are then instructed to wire the payment to a fictitious account to avoid immediate disconnection of service. The scammers appear to be 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.”
KEYS DONATES BACKPACKS TO SILVERLINERS FOR FLIGHT TO THE NORTH POLE
11/22/2013 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) recently donated 600 backpacks to the Silverliners to be used for their annual “Flight to the North Pole” event.
The event will take place on Thursday, December 5th, and will provide 600 pre-kindergarten students with a chance to experience some early holiday cheer. Originally started by retired Eastern airline flight attendants, the event provides local youth with the chance to take over Key West International Airport, partake in festive holiday games and sing-along’s, and visit with Santa Claus. Each child will also receive a new toy at the event.
“KEYS has been a longtime supporter of the Silverliners,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. She added that, “our backpacks will come in very handy to help the children carry their new toy home, and will serve as yet another happy reminder of a truly magical day.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Members of the Silverliners, along with the Utility Board, show off the KEYS’ backpacks they will give out during their “Flight to the North Pole” event. (First row, from left) Bindy Blatt, Jan Kidwell, Utility Board Vice Chair Mona C. Clark, and M.J. Webster. (Second row, from left) Denise Rohrer, Utility Board Member Charlie Bradford, Joyce Benavides, Utility Board Chair Peter Batty, and Utility Board Member Timothy Root.
UTILITY BOARD APPOINTS BATTY AS CHAIR, CLARK AS VICE CHAIR
11/21/2013 ~ In an organizational meeting during their regularly scheduled session on Wednesday, November 20th, the Utility Board appointed Peter Batty to serve as its Chair and Mona C. Clark to serve as Vice Chair. Batty has served on the Utility Board since 2005, and Clark since 2004. The Board also re-appointed Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO, as Secretary of the Board and approved committee appointments for 2014-2016. Committee appointments included:
Advisory Committee: Peter Batty as primary with rotation
Employee Relations: Mona C. Clark
Fiber Optics: Peter Batty
Financial Planning & Audit: Peter Batty & Timothy Root
Investment Planning Committee: Charles Bradford
Peak Demand: Barry Barroso
Land Use: Peter Batty
Building Construction Committee: Barry Barroso
GM Performance Evaluation Process: Mona C. Clark as Chair & Peter Batty
Local Government Liaison: Peter Batty
APPA* Board of Directors: Lynne Tejeda
FMEA** Board of Directors: Lynne Tejeda & Peter Batty as alternate
FMEA Legislative & Regulatory Committee: Charles Bradford & Lynne Tejeda
FMPA*** Board of Directors: Lynne Tejeda & Peter Batty as alternate
FMPA Executive Committee: Lynne Tejeda & Jack Wetzler as alternate
FMPA Policy Makers Liaison Committee: Charles Bradford
* American Public Power Association
** Florida Municipal Electric Association
*** Florida Municipal Power Agency
The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., November 20th, in the Louis Carbonell Board Room of the William Arnold Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.
ROOT SWORN INTO OFFICE
11/08/2013 ~ On Friday, November 8th, Tim Root was sworn into office by Key West City Clerk Cheryl Smith at Keys Energy Services (KEYS) Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West. Root was elected to the Group Three seat. He will serve a shortened three-year term that will allow for Utility Board elections to line up with State of Florida elections on even-numbered years. Beginning in 2016, the Group Three term will return to four-years.