Take the initiative, be proactive and help us keep our wildlife safe by insulating your transformers and power lines. Remember, there is no company or government agency that monitors power lines and transformers or provides the
equipment to ensure wildlife safety and there is currently no law that requires anyone to insulate transformers and power lines. It’s up to YOU to make our wildlife safe!
How can you tell if your power lines are safe?
What is a transformer?
A transformer, also known as a distribution transformer, lowers the voltage from the high voltage distribution lines to the amount needed by homes and businesses.
How can you tell if your transformer is uninsulated?
What does an uninsulated transformer look like?
Uninsulated power transformers have many dangerous components and if any one of these areas (circled below) are touched by wildlife they will be badly electrocuted. The voltage is high towards the top of the pole and gradually lowers towards the bottom, but all areas can, and usually are, fatal. This is an example of only one style of transformer – there are many different styles of transformers with different components, but all with have at least two of these six main components.
What does a transformer insulated with wildlife protection equipment look like?
The wildlife protection equipment used to insulate the transformer components is grey in color and made of silicone rubber.
In Nosara, we have several different styles of transformers, some requiring more protection equipment than others.
We also have several transformers that are only partially insulated which makes it more difficult to tell if a transformer is safe or not. If you are unsure, email Refuge for Wildlife at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With a quick look, you will be able to instantly see if a transformer has been insulated by looking for these key wildlife protection equipment components:
How do you purchase the wildlife protection equipment needed to make a transformer safe?
Example Photographs Required to Obtain a Quote:
Be proactive and help us keep our wildlife safe by checking your transformers are safe. Look for uninsulated components and take the appropriate steps to insulate the transformer to make it safe for wildlife. Take photographs (see above), email us at email@example.com and tell us the location and attach your photographs. With the photos we can obtain a quote for the cost to have it insulated.
Check that wildlife protection equipment is still safely attached (sometimes components come loose in the wind or when animals continually travel on them). If you notice a piece of wildlife protection equipment has come loose, is damaged, or missing, call ICE and report the problem. Never assume someone else will look into it. You might need to purchase the insulation equipment if it is damaged or missing. Only ICE can install wildlife protection equipment – NEVER attempt o install, or fix loose equipment – you WILL be electrocuted.
Make sure trees are not touching wires which would make it easy for wildlife to reach uninsulated transformers. Always call ICE and ask them to trim the trees back from power lines and transformers near your home. Never attempt to trim branches yourself – you risk being killed by electrocution.
The Stop the Shocks Program is run by a committee of dedicated volunteers trying to tackle this huge problem. Purchasing and installing wildlife protection equipment is done entirely through donations and with the help of Refuge for Wildlife and the Stop the Shocks Program. Join our Committee and volunteer with us! We need help with fundraising, education, monitoring, purchasing and organizing installation of wildlife protection equipment.
You can make a US tax deductible donation via PayPal through “Friends of Nosara” or you can also make a Costa Rican tax deductible donation through our non-profit foundation via a bank transfer by selecting “Offline Donation” to receive our Costa Rican bank details. Our Stop the Shocks program focuses on insulating power lines and transformers as well as educating the community which includes local schools. The average cost to insulate a household transformer ranges from $250-$550 USD with the average high voltage commercial transformer costing $950-$1500USD to insulate. Your tax deductible donation will be used towards insulating one of the many uninsulated transformers in Nosara or one you may designate. You can also donate towards care for one of our injured and orphaned monkeys. Find out more on our Adopt A Monkey page.