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What to do if high tension wire falls on your car ?

Are you worried about the situation if high tension wire falls on your car? How to save life and come out of such incident? Check out this article that provides steps to deal such emergency.


There are many types of dangers on the road. Sometimes due to heavy winds or storm, trees may be uprooted and may fall on electric wires which may broke the high tension wires. The wire may fall on cars which is parked or moving on the road. These wires have very high voltage.i.e. 11000 KV/440 watts. If someone's car has hit by broken high tension wire can lead to electrocution and death. So take safety precautions. Some safety precautions are listed below in the next heading.

Precautions in case High Tension wire fall on your car

We should observe some safety precautions in case High Tension wire fall on car such as-
  1. Wear leather shoes while driving always and keep two pair leather gloves in the car to be used in such emergencies.
  2. Do not touch the body of car as it may lead to electric shock.
  3. Give horn to alert the public around for help. Public should not approach you or your car as there may be current on the surface of car and on earth surface near your car. It may be life threatening if approached.
  4. Avoid to cross over the electric wire on the ground while in car or on foot.
  5. If you find that car has not caught fire, be inside the car. Call the emergency service for help

What to do if the car got fire due to HT wire fall ?

  1. If the car is in moving condition, keep on driving and come out from the danger zone.
  2. If the car is not in motion, switch off the engine and take the key away.
  3. Wear the gloves against the touch of car and ground.
  4. Open the glass of window to let the smoke go out.
  5. Open the window with hand gloves on, sit in the jumping position, head down, arms folded, feet together.
  6. Do not step out from the car instead jump with both the feet together and keep on frog jump up to 16meter or 55 feet apart from your car. If you step out from car, one step in car and the other on ground due to potential difference you will be electrocuted.
  7. Call the emergency service for help now. Electricity is to be cut off from that area. Fire people can put off the fire now.
  8. Take the photographs of your burning/ brunt car and inform your car insurance company.

Emergency contact numbers

  • Electric Emergency-119
  • Police - 100
  • Fire - 101
  • Ambulance - 102
  • Gas leakage - 1906
  • Tourist Helpline - 1363
  • Child Helpline - 1098
  • Blood Requirement - 104
  • Helpline for Women - 181


Life is precious. Be vigilant and take care of you and your family. Take precautions mentioned above in this article. Be calm and safe. Do not step out from the car instead jump with both the feet together. Call the emergency service for help now. Do videography in case fire and inform your Insurance company. If still accidentally met with such incidents follow the advice and steps told in this article.

Article by NK SHARMA
I am Mechanical engineer with MBA and M Phil degree. I have a passion for reading and writing. I enjoy in sharing knowledge with people.

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Author: K Mohan25 Sep 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

This is a valuable article shared by the author. This is the rainy season and normally the rains are lashing with high wind velocity and there are every chance of big trees getting uprooted and current wires getting snapped. Normally high tension wires won't be allowed to get snapped. But due to vagaries of nature, any thing can be possible and the author has given perfect precautions as to how to take care of ourselves in that event. Never park the vehicle, especially the car, near the electric poles or trees so that a possible disaster can be averted. Before getting into car it is better to cautiously see for any snapped wire etc around and then get in.

Author: Natarajan25 Sep 2017 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Detailed information for high tension wire falling on a car. I never knew about jumping and landing with both feet together. It pays to have a good pair of shoes and a pair of gloves close by. People approaching the car to help also should remember to be careful not to get themselves into trouble.

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