Electrical burns and injuries are the result electrical currents passing through the body. Temporary or permanent damage can occur to the skin, tissues, and major organs. Extent of the damage depends on the strength and duration of the electrical current.

Electrical burns and injuries result from accidental contact with exposed parts of electrical appliances, wiring, or lightning strikes.

Appliance or wiring injuries may occur when:

  • Children bite on electrical cords
  • Utensils or other metal objects are poked into electrical outlets or appliances, such as a plugged-in toaster
  • The power supply is not shut down before making home repairs or installation
  • A plugged-in appliance is dropped into water

Occupational accidents can occur from electric arcs from high-voltage power lines. Electric arcs occur when a burst of electricity jumps from one electrical conductor to another, creating bright flashes.