FDA warns of flammability of spray sunscreens

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Jul 23, 2013

Spray sunscreensThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public of recent burn incidents associated with spray sunscreens. There have already been five separate incidents in which people who had applied this product and were near an open flame--cigarette, grill, citronella candle, for example--suffered significant burns requiring medical attention. In each case, the burns occurred after the sunscreen had been applied.

While the products leading to burns have been voluntarily recalled, many other sunscreen products contain flammable ingredients, prompting the FDA to issue new safety precautions on these products. For instance, if you're anywhere near a flame source, avoid any product with a flammability warning and choose a nonflammable alternative.

Get more specifics from the FDA's website, and check out NFPA's safety tips if heading outdoors this summer.