Sun-worshippers across the US have been issued with a stark warning from the FDA, after a string of reports concerning sunscreen sprays bursting into flames and causing serious burns. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, each and every sunscreen spray on the market should be seen by its users as a potential danger and therefore used with the utmost care – never when around naked flames or heat sources.
A total of five incidents have so far been reported to the FDA, where hospital treatment has been given to those suffering serious burns after their sunscreen set alight while they were using it. Each of the sunscreen products used by those affected were immediately removed form sale, though as most manufacturers use the same ingredients and propellants it is suspected that many others could be just as dangerous.
The incidents have prompted the FDA to once again advise the American public to be aware of the potentially dangerous properties of the products they use. Despite being skin-safe by basic definition, so many products from insect-repellants to cosmetics can easily burst into lethal fireballs if used close to open sources of heat.
“Based on this information, we recommend that after you have applied a sunscreen spray labeled as flammable, you consider avoiding being near an open flame, sparks or an ignition source,” the new warning from the FDA reads.
Most products that carry a risk of fire present clear advice not to use them anywhere near naked flames or sources of extreme heat. Alarmingly however, some of the reported incidents the FDA is speaking of concern individuals who had already applied the sunscreen which subsequently burst into flames while on their skin.
The heat sources responsible for the combustion included welding torches, cigarette lighters, barbecues and candles.
According to the FDA, anyone using a spray sunscreen of any sort should never underestimating the importance of ensuring it has dried before going near a heat source – even then being aware that they are still at risk of burn injuries.