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Use With Caution!

Your spray-on sunscreen could burst into flames

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We're always harping on the importance of using sunscreen every day to prevent burns. Today, we bring different tidings: spray-on sunscreen could actually cause you to burst into flames.

Last year, the FDA recorded five incidents in which aerosol sunscreens caused real burns, reports NPR. And no, these weren't cases of severe sunburn ... people actually caught on fire.

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The victims caught on fire and sustained significant burns after using Banana Boat spray-on sunscreens when they were exposed to open flames (think: grilling, standing near a citronella candle, lighting a cigarette, or using a welding torch). Of course, our first thought was, 'Hey, Einsteins, don't spray any aerosol near an open flame.' So basic. But all of the burn victims reportedly sprayed the product on minutes before they burst into flames, and they were nowhere near the flame when they sprayed.

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Banana Boat wisely recalled faulty spray-on sunscreens, which used a spray valve that "dispenses more than is typical in the industry for continuous sunscreen sprays." The redesigned spray valve was "rigorously tested" and has been on the market since November 2012.

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Call us crazy, but even with the re-design, it's scary to think that we'd flame up like a burning s'more if we "over-dispensed" a spray-on sunscreen. The FDA recommends allowing any aerosol sunscreen to dry completely before approaching a grill or candle, but we're switching to sunscreen lotions for those backyard barbecues ... and every time we light up a welding torch.

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