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    Odorant Update

    Last updated 6 months ago

    FPU wishes to apologize for the inconvenience many of our customers experienced over the last few hours.   The strong odor that many have reported comes from an odorant that is added to natural gas per federal pipeline safety regulations.  The odorant is Mercaptan and it is added as a safety feature in case of a gas leak.   Although added in very small concentrations, it is a very strong, unpleasant odor and it may cause headaches and nausea in some people. 

    Our crews have responded to customer calls to ascertain there were no gas leaks and the odor appears to have subsided.  We ask everyone to always be alert and report any smell of gas so we can properly check it out.  FPU thanks you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work for your safety and well being.

    Update for West Palm Beach Residents

    Last updated 6 months ago

    FPU continues to respond to calls due to the addition of a greater than normal amount of odorant having been added to our distribution system.

    It is important to note that the concentration of the odorant (Mercaptan) used is harmless.  It is neither dangerous nor toxic.  Those with heightened sensitivity may temporarily suffer short-term headache or nausea.

    FPU has crews out this morning to restore service to all customers who reported the smell of gas. FPU wishes to apologize for any inconvenience and continues to make every effort to ensure the well being of its customers and the public at large.

    Odorant Calls

    Last updated 6 months ago

    We have received multiple gas odor calls in the West Palm Beach area. We have checked and it appears to be an excessive amount of the odorant that was added into the gas distribution system.  The odor should dissipate soon but you may still be experiencing a strong odor where you are. 

    Natural gas is odorless in its natural state and as a safety feature an odorant called Ethyl Mercaptan is added so anyone can detect the smallest of leaks.   When more than the normal amount of odorant is added, it can result in a stronger than usual odor without the incidence of a leak.

    Anyone who smells gas in their home, business, near a gas meter or gas line should contact their gas company.  FPU is responding to all calls to ensure the safety of its customers and general public.

    Electrical Safety Tips During a Hurricane

    Last updated 6 months ago

    As Florida residents know, the trade off for the warm winters and beautiful sunny weather is the risk of hurricanes. While disaster-level hurricanes are an infrequent occurrence, it is important for all Floridians to know proper safety procedures in case they encounter a downed power line.

    When hurricanes knock power lines down, in many cases the line may still be live, making it extremely dangerous. After high winds, walk and drive carefully. Avoid stepping in standing water surrounded by debris, and never touch a downed power line. Watch this video for more safety tips.

    If you notice a downed power line in your area, call Florida Public Utilities Company at (561) 832-0872 to inform us of the location.

    Air Sealing Tips for Houses in Humid Climates

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Florida’s climate is famous not only for year-round sun, but for extreme humidity as well. In order to keep your home’s interior comfortable and to save money on your electricity, natural gas, or propane bills, you will need to seal your home against outside air infiltration, and also maintain humidity levels. The tips below will help you maintain a good temperature and moisture level inside your home.

    Plug Up Holes in the Floors

    Floor insulation is essential for keeping heat and humidity out. If you have a vented crawlspace or basement, you can easily check to see how much insulation you have installed between your floor joists. Carefully remove the batting and check for holes or leaks, and caulk them tightly. Consider replacing old insulation with new products that have a higher R-value.

    Caulk Cracks Inside

    After you have sealed cracks beneath your floor, you will need to come inside and seal all cracks you find. Start with the joint between the floor and the walls, carefully going around the edge of each room. Next, examine all window frames. Opening and closing cause a lot of wear and tear, especially if your home still features wooden windows. Also, check your doors for any gaps and replace the weatherstripping to prevent humidity infiltration.

    Seal the Ceiling

    After you have taken care of your floors, walls, windows, and doors, make a trip to your attic to examine the ceiling. There should be insulation between the ceiling joists, so make sure that you carefully pull it back to examine the boards for any gaps where air may enter or escape. If your attic insulation is flat and seems inadequate, consider replacing it to further improve the energy efficiency of your home.

    If you have any further questions about measures that may help reduce the utility bills in your Florida home, call Florida Public Utilities Company today at (561) 832-0872.

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