Flammable Sunscreen Lights Man's Body on Fire
It only took about one second for his entire body to go up in flames.
"I went into complete panic mode and screamed," Brett Sigworth said. "I've never experienced pain like that in my life."
10 days after incident, Sigworth is still nursing second-degree burns to his chest, ear and back – the exact areas where he applied the sunscreen, rubbing it in as directed.
Sunscreen is not normally flammable, at least not when it is a lotion, but when sprayed out of an aerosol can – as many spray-on SPF protector are these days — particles that remain in the air can set fire.
Whoaa! So that means by using a spray-on SPF protector, you may protect yourself from a sunburn, but acquire a second degree burn from a real fire. What kind of a trade-off is that? That sounds like a bargain made in hell.
Good-hearted Brett is not planning on suing. He wants more warnings on the label and testing to see why this happened.
"I had no idea, and it was so scarey. I just don't want to see it happen to anybody else," states Brett.
What does the manufacturer of the flammable sunscreen have to say about it?
Banana Boat responded in a statement to CBS Boston, saying: "We were concerned to hear about Brett's experience. At Banana Boat, we take these matters very seriously and will begin a prompt investigation as we continue to strive to deliver products of the highest quality to our consumers."
Firefighters from Overland Park tested the product. This video shows the dangers of flammable sunscreen:
After that vivid demonstration, one can only wonder why such likely-to-be-used-near-a-barbeque products are allowed on the market.
Shouldn't the FDA be making it their top priority to find out what is going on here and stop this from happening again, considering we are just at the beginning of a long, hot summer? Or are they going to spend their time and resources trying to outlaw vitamins and supplements until we have several more flammable sunscreen burning incidents?
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