Electrical Burns

An electric arc can cause thermal burns from the intense heat while flame burns can be caused from burning materials that caught on fire or ignited from electrical currents. High-voltage burns can fry internal tissues thus leaving little damage to the outer skin.  

Electrical burns are injuries that are caused by an electric current. The electric current can pass through your body and damage tissues or organs. An electric current may also jump from an electrical source to you and burn your body.

What causes electrical burns?

Electrical burns are caused by touching an electrical current that comes from a source of electricity. Sources of electricity include batteries, household appliances, electrical outlets, and power lines. Lightning can also cause electrical burns.

What are the signs and symptoms of electrical burns in adults?

Your signs and symptoms will depend on where and how badly you are burned. You may have any of the following:

  • Burns or other wounds on your skin
  • Headache, dizziness, confusion, or memory loss
  • Fast or abnormal heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness, stiffness, or muscle pain
  • Problems walking or keeping your balance
  • Red or reddish black urine
  • Pain throughout your body
  • Seizures