The US Food and Drug Administration has warned that applying some sunscreen sprays close to an open flame pose a serious danger of catching fire.
The health agency said that it has so far come across five such incidents where people who applied the sunscreen near open flame and suffered significant burn injuries, requiring emergency treatments.
All of the products that were involved in the incidents have been banned by the FDA and should not be available in stores. However it admitted that there are a number of sunscreen products, and other types of products, available that contain flammable ingredients such as alcohol.
Stating that people should avoid using such products near open flame, the FDA's lead medical officer Dr Narayan Nair said, "Based on this information, we recommend that after you have applied a sunscreen spray labeled as flammable, you consider avoiding being near an open flame, sparks or an ignition source."