WARNING: These Sunscreen Sprays are Flammable!!!

family applying sunscreen sprayParents, make sure your children avoid open flames after you've applied certain sunscreen sprays onto their skin. According to recent warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, your child could catch on fire!

There have been five incidents in which significant burns, requiring medical treatment, were obtained after individuals wore certain sunscreen sprays near “sources of flame.” And even though the products involved have been recalled, many other sunscreen spray products that “contain flammable ingredients, commonly alcohol,” are still available.

According to Sunday’s FDA warning, “The same is true for some other spray products – including insect repellants and hairsprays – and even some non-spray sunscreens.”

Catching fire is possible even if you believe you have waited long enough for the sunscreen to dry and your skin feels dry.

Lead Medical Officer at the FDA Dr. Narayan Nair said, “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.”

This includes lighting a cigarette, or being next to someone who is lighting a cigarette, and standing near a barbecue grill and any lit candles. (The warning also mentioned to avoid doing any welding while wearing these flammable products; but I personally don’t find that too applicable for my 6-year-old daughter. She doesn't seem to do much welding these days.)

Not only should you avoid wearing these products around sources of flame, but the warning also states that you shouldn’t even apply the product when you are near these sources.

The incidents that have occurred proved “catching fire is possible even if you believe you have waited long enough for the sunscreen to dry and your skin feels dry,” according to the FDA.

Because many flammable products have a label that warns against any use near open flames, you should always read every product’s label; and make sure that you know, as a parent, what you are applying onto your child’s skin.

When is the last time you read the labels for any of the products you've used on your children?

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Have you recently applied a spray sunscreen? Did you know that they were flammable?

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WARNING: These Sunscreen Sprays are Flammable!!!

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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2 comments

  1. nichole says:

    i guess it kinda makes sence, seing as the coppertone one ive used on my kids has aweful choking fumes……

  2. Holy crap. Thanks for the info.

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