A sunscreen that can set you on fire

Bananna Boat UltraMist

Several types of Banana Boat sunscreens have been recalled after five people in the United States and Canada were set on fire after applying the stuff which is supposed to prevent a person from getting sunburned.

Bananna Boat UltraMistSome of the pressurized continuous-spray Banana Boat UltraMist sunscreen products contain a flammable propellant such as alcohol or other petroleum products. Apparently when someone applies the product, and if before it dries they are exposed to an ignition source, the sunscreen can ignite, causing a fire that spreads across their body.

Two people suffered second and third degree burns.

Brett Sigworth, according to a story in the Daily Mail, sprayed Banana Boat’s Ultramist Sport on his upper body.

…After rubbing the cream in for a few seconds Mr Sigworth told CBS Boston that he walked over to the grill where he ‘took one of the holders to move some of the charcoal briquettes around and all of a sudden it went up my arm.’

Recalling the ‘scary’ experience, Mr Sigworth said the fire spread to wherever he had sprayed the sunscreen.

Mr. Sigworth had severe burns on his neck, chest and back.

Energizer Holdings Inc., the manufacturer of Banana Boat, announced the recall in a press release, which lists the products being withdrawn.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.