Posted by Patricia M. Flannery, Esq. on Jul 9, 2013 8:45:00 AM

Many flammable products (like hairspray, insect repellants, and even non-spray sunscreens) have a label that warns against using them near an open flame. But here is what was different about spray-on sunscreen: in the five reported incidents, the sunscreen spray caught fire after it had been applied. Those specific sunscreens, several Banana Boat Sun Care products, were voluntarily recalled and have been since removed from the market. These burn incidents suggest, however, that even if you think you have waited long enough after you have applied spray sunscreen – even if it feels dry to the touch – you may still be running the risk of burns if you get too close to an open flame.

Be safe. When you choose a sunscreen, think about where you will be using it. Just like it makes sense to apply waterproof sunscreen when you’re going swimming, it is safer to steer clear of flammable sunscreen spray if you’re going to a barbecue. Read label instructions carefully.

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