• Sun, Oct 21 2012

There Is A Sunscreen That Will Catch On Fire And Kill You

Basically lighter fluid

 

Actually, make that 23 sunscreens that will catch on fire and kill you.

Be sure to add “flammable sunscreen” to your list of things to worry about today. Energizer Holdings, the group that owns the Banana Boat skincare line, has recalled 23 of their products after reports that users’ skin had caught fire after applying. “If a consumer comes into contact with a flame or spark prior to complete drying of the product on the skin, there is a potential for the product to ignite,” an official statement warned. Since the affected spray bottles dispense too much sunscreen, it takes several minutes for the product to dry – several minutes that are ripe for fire-igniting, apparently, because these alcohol-based sprays are crazy flammable.

At least five people have suffered burns after the sunscreen was already applied to their skin, including Brett Sigworth, a man who applied Banana Boat sunscreen on his chest and back moments before walking over to his grill, where ”the charcoal simply caught the vapor trail” and charred his torso. ”I think if people were told this is flammable for two minutes on your skin, people wouldn’t use it,” Brett said, displaying admirable restraint. There have been at least four similar torchings over the last few months in Canada and the United States. Let us take the lesson embedded in these sunscreen-induced combustions and remember that no one is ever truly safe, no matter where they are or how many precautions they take. The flames will find you.

 

[Image via Edelman]

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  • anonandon

    AAAHHH! they want to kill us all!

  • anonandon

    AAAHHH! they want to kill us all!

  • anonandon

    AAAHHH! they want to kill us all!

  • anonandon

    AAAHHH! they want to kill us all!

  • ordinarykiddo

    agreed….they find new ways to scare people when they are about to but a product.

  • ordinarykiddo

    agreed….they find new ways to scare people when they are about to but a product.

  • ordinarykiddo

    agreed….they find new ways to scare people when they are about to but a product.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.laue.7 Richard Laue

    The key to the burn is in the alcohol vaper.. Let it dry and your OK.
    Alcohol is used to speed up the evaperation. Do you know how many people have burnt themselves by spraying Pam or lighter fluid on a hot grill

  • noway

    Press at its height of delusional sensationalism. My belief in accurate press coverage is the only thing that has gone up in flames.

  • noway

    Press at its height of delusional sensationalism. My belief in accurate press coverage is the only thing that has gone up in flames.

  • mehmet

    so you guys are agreeing that it’s ok to make sunscreen flammable? nice. it’s called poor research and a drive to make money. i’ll stick with my oils. those cans are a waste of money. a bottle of oil lasts months. a can of spray gets you 3-4 full body sprays.

  • mehmet

    so you guys are agreeing that it’s ok to make sunscreen flammable? nice. it’s called poor research and a drive to make money. i’ll stick with my oils. those cans are a waste of money. a bottle of oil lasts months. a can of spray gets you 3-4 full body sprays.

  • c smythe

    Meh . . . slap a flammable label on it and fuggedaboudit. Oh, right, that may not be possible in the most litigious place on earth. Money to be made for the plaintiff, his lawyers and the defendants lawyers. Sell off them shares quick!

  • c smythe

    Meh . . . slap a flammable label on it and fuggedaboudit. Oh, right, that may not be possible in the most litigious place on earth. Money to be made for the plaintiff, his lawyers and the defendants lawyers. Sell off them shares quick!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rogue-Knight/100001642664629 Rogue Knight

    70 years ago, sun screen was just zinc and/or coconut oil. Aloe Vera was just… well… Aloe Veral. Read the side of these bottles today. Sunscreen appears more complex than the most elaborate witche’s potion. Aloe is every chemical in the book (plus a little Aloe). This is yet another symptom of cheap consumer grade chemical-toxin products sold as consumables. Is it really any wonder that cancer is an epidemic?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rogue-Knight/100001642664629 Rogue Knight

    70 years ago, sun screen was just zinc and/or coconut oil. Aloe Vera was just… well… Aloe Veral. Read the side of these bottles today. Sunscreen appears more complex than the most elaborate witche’s potion. Aloe is every chemical in the book (plus a little Aloe). This is yet another symptom of cheap consumer grade chemical-toxin products sold as consumables. Is it really any wonder that cancer is an epidemic?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=697182759 Alex Rojkov

    Alcohol on child’s skin isn’t a good idea at any rate. In fact, it’s very BAD idea. Remember, the drinking age is 18, but here we are putting alcohol in products that will be applied to babies. Criminals!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=697182759 Alex Rojkov

    Alcohol on child’s skin isn’t a good idea at any rate. In fact, it’s very BAD idea. Remember, the drinking age is 18, but here we are putting alcohol in products that will be applied to babies. Criminals!

  • ageofknowledge

    More dangerous foreign products our politicians took money to allow trans-national companies to foist on us. Did you hear about the seafood being raised on pig feces? Google it. It’s coming to a market near you soon. Bon appetit. Made in the USA will be a criminal offense once the TPP is passed too so you’ll never even know.

    • pro aquaculture

      Did YOU hear about that thing called trophic web? Google it. Fair warning, though: your mind will likely be blown once you get to eukaryotes and what they eat, who eats them and how the cycle continues.
      Some people…

  • ageofknowledge

    More dangerous foreign products our politicians took money to allow trans-national companies to foist on us. Did you hear about the seafood being raised on pig feces? Google it. It’s coming to a market near you soon. Bon appetit. Made in the USA will be a criminal offense once the TPP is passed too so you’ll never even know.

  • LoveMitt

    Probably George Bush’s fault…couldn’t possibly be as a result of Obama’s FDA not reviewing the risks of these products.

    • Frankie SayRelax

      Actually, OBAMA’s FDA and newly created Consumer Protection Bureau are in fact actively cracking down on the rampant consumer fraud within the sunscreen products industry.

      >They’re requiring manufacturers of “broad spectrum” sunscreens to list specific SPF’s for UVA and UVB (because with most sunscreens will have a high UVA but low UVB or vice versa).
      > They’re cracking down on the fraudulent, unverified claims of “SPF 80+” which misleads consumers into feeling safe and making a purchase.
      > they’re also requiring more stringent labeling as to potentially harmful chemical contents.
      > a recent mandate required sunscreen manufacturers to pull products with misleading, inaccurate, or unverifiable claims.

      And since you’re eager to do Bush vs.Obama comparisons… The Bush Era “let business police itself!” not only led to the crashing the worldwide economy, but it also allowed the manufacturers of sunscreens (and just about everything else) intentionally defraud consumers.

      It’s a proven reality that when consumers don’t feel safe in the free market, they’re less likely to spend their money.

  • Duh…

    What people seem to be ignoring is the fact that, basically, 99% of hygenic products contain alcohol, or other methyl/ethylated constituents, anyway. If you have a pressurised container, you kind of expect it to be flammable, don’t you? Anything from deodorant, over perfume, to hairspray can be used as rather impressive flamethrower, given a can and a lighter. The manufacturer admits that the cans of the (recalled!) products dispense too much lotion and that it thusly takes too long to dry. Fair enough – that’s something that shouldn’t happen. However, spraying yourself with something containing alcohol and then lighting a smoke is just plain dumb in any event (in the case of the BBQ-vapor-trail-debacle that may be somewhat mitigated).
    Helpful hint 2.0.1.1: If nearing a source of ignition, ensure clothing/skin is not drenched in flammable liquid.

  • Frankie SayRelax

    Sunscreen safety is really the wild west when it comes to what the products claim to do. The Obama Administration’s newly created Consumer Protection Bureau is cracking down on some of the fraud (like claiming SPF 80+) and requiring more comprehensive labeling (like separate SPF’s for UVA and UVB on broad spectrum products). But you still have to do your own research to ensure your best interests. I always check the safety ratings by Environmental Working Group (ewg.org). They have an annual free online report devoted to sunscreens.

    Many of the mainstream brands will say “Broad spectrum” with unverified super high SPF’s, while the UVA ratings will be high while the UVB ratings will be low (or vice versa). Or both UVA and UVB will be marginal. Many will contain questionable, unnecessary, and downright toxic chemicals not to mention unverified claims of waterproof or sweatproof. And the Organic brands aren’t always safer. Within specific brands (like Alba Botanicals for example), there will be excellent and safer products but then some other products that are not dissimilar to the mainstream brands. I personally use some Alba Botanicals suncreens but not others.

    But in the end, I’ve found EWG’s report seems to break it down better than anyone else. Especially when it comes to finding the safest and/or best facial sunscreens with equally high UVA and UVB ratings that don’t burn your eyes every time you use them.

  • NVBio

    Try a pill that protects your skin from the sun instead. There’s a nutritional supplement called Sunsafe Rx that protects skin from sun damage, plus it’s healthy and doesn’t cause fires!

  • CowboyUp

    That’s good info to know, and some paid a steep price to find out about it. Every now and then someone would have an accident with hair spray or nail polish remover when i was growing up.