Many types of accidents can cause a burn. When hot liquid escapes suddenly from a pan, pipe, or other location and comes in contact with your skin, you could be scalded. The electrical voltage from housing wires or overhead electrical cables can also cause burns. Thermal burns
occur when you are exposed to fire, such as in a car accident or building fire. X-rays, radiation from medical treatment, or tanning beds can cause what is known as radiation burns. You can also suffer burns inside your body by inhaling smoke, steam, or toxic fumes.