What happens if a human touches current carrying phase wire in the air with his both hands?

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  • Apr 13th, 2013

If he touches conductor with his both hands there is a loop generated and current carries through him if he touch with one hand there is no closed loop and no current

jaskaran singh

  • Apr 16th, 2013

There will be no current flow through that man, cz , the resistance of human body is 1000 ohms.
therefore, current will follow minimum resistance path....

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  • Apr 27th, 2013

Nothing will happens. Because when you touch a phase wire with both of your hands and you being in air,your two hands are at same potential and no current will pass through you and you will be safe.
Since you were in air,there is no chance for current to discharge though you to ground.

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Amir Sarfraz

  • Apr 29th, 2013

Nothing will happen because current will not flow through a man while he is in the air. and air is an insulator.

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  • Jun 10th, 2013

If the distance between ur hands is large,potential difference will be created.


  • Jun 17th, 2013

Untill the person do not touches the ground current will not flow through his body as air is an insulator but as soon as his feet touches the ground current will flow through his body.

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  • Jun 21st, 2013

There is no risk of shock until the transmission line is not high voltage. For high voltages the air may act as conductor

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soni ranjan mahapatra

  • Jun 25th, 2013

current flows through a body when potential difference create .If some one touch a live conductor with his both hands having space between the both, then he gets a electric shock .that time his both hands and body is parallel with that conductor .but if he touches the conductor without spacing gap between both hands without touching ground then no current flow in his body....so for this reason in high voltage grid sub station people r advised not to walk under high voltage line having more gap between both the legs.

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  • Jul 9th, 2013

There is no risk of any shock as the whole body is at same potential. However, if the persons body touches ground or for that matter, anything which may create a potential difference, there will be electric shock. As commented by many, that there will be electric shock if both hands touches or likes, is not correct because if such a thing would have happened then birds who usually sit on live wires would have burned alive.

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vishnu sharma

  • Nov 26th, 2014

Catch the wire from both hands at a time in air, then potential difference is zero, so that current does not flow in body.

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