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Energizer Holdings, the maker of Banana Boat sunscreen, is recalling some half-million bottles of spray-on lotion after reports that a handful of people have caught on fire after applying the product and coming in contact with an open flame.
Twenty three varieties of the UltraMist Banana Boat sunscreen line will be pulled off shelves due to supposed faulty value that is over applying the product. As a result, the sunscreen is taking longer to dry and is more susceptible to catch on fire near open flames.
In the past year, there have been 4 reported burn cases from using spray-on sunscreen in the United States. In May, Brett Sigworth of Stow, MA suffered second-degree burns on his ear, chest, and back after stepping in front of a barbecue grill shorty after applying aerosol spray-on sunscreen. In September, Mary Shoulders of Chesapeake, VA suffered from third-degree burns on her arm after it caught of fire after applying spray-on sunscreen and returning to welding.
If you are near a barbecue, sparks, or even cigarettes, play it safe and stick to lotion-based sunscreen.