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FDA Warns of Flammable Sunscreen After Five Seriously Burned

July 24, 2013 by The Parrish Law Firm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers against using certain flammable sunscreens near open flames.

The FDA’s statement, released this week, says that certain spray-on sunscreens can pose the risk of catching fire if the person is standing near an open flame. The agency is aware of five separate incidents in which individuals suffered serious burns that needed medical care because of their sunscreen igniting near open flames. These flame sources included a lighter, standing too close to a citronella candle, a lit barbecue grill and a welding flame.

Energizer Holdings Inc. issued a voluntarily recall of the products involved in these incidents, which include varying versions of the Banana Boat UltraMist sunscreen brand. These products should no longer be available for purchase.

But the FDA is also cautioning consumers against many other sunscreen products that often contain flammable components, most commonly alcohol. Insect repellants and hairsprays often have alcohol in them as well, and should be used with caution.

Flammable products tend to carry warning labels on them that tell users to avoid using the product near open flames. Users should heed these warnings.

If you have been burned or otherwise injured by a defective product and are looking for fair compensation for your injuries, the product liability attorney at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC can work with you towards a personal injury claim. Contact us today at 703-906-4229 or send us an email and tell us about your case.

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