Vehicle accident safety

In 2015, a whopping 453 car accidents in Queensland involved electricity assets such as powerlines and green pillar boxes.

Fallen powerlines can cause dangerous situations, yet many of us don't know what to do if involved in a vehicle accident with live electricity. Should they stay in the vehicle or get out?

After an accident

If you are involved in an vehicle accident that involves fallen powerlines or pillar boxes, follow these steps:

  • Don't panic. Try to remain calm
  • Treat all powerlines and other electrical equipment as if they are 'live'
  • Stay in the car until the power has been isolated and the powerlines removed
  • Don't risk being electrocuted by attempting to leave the car before the power is disconnected
  • Warn bystanders to stay a minimum of 10 metres from the car and anything else in contact with powerlines at the accident site
  • Don't attempt to rescue or allow others to approach the car that is in contact with powerlines. All too often secondary injuries or deaths occur because of others trying to help
  • Call Triple Zero (000) immediately to report powerlines down and a life threatening situation.

Male voice over: Most lines take us safely to where we want to go. Yet when an accident involves powerlines, we can miss the lines that matter most.

Male passer-by: No!

Male voice over: If safe, stay in the vehicle, and call triple zero or Energex.

Emergency vehicle sirens in background.

Male voice over: Take care. Stay line aware.

Male voice over: Most lines take us safely to where we want to go. Yet when an accident involves powerlines, we can miss the lines that matter most.

Male passenger: Stay back!

Male voice over: So stay 10 metres away, and call triple zero or Energex.

Emergency vehicle sirens in background.

Male voice over: Take care. Stay line aware.