Here’s What Happens When Banana Boat Ignites On Your Skin

Image courtesy of WBZ-TV


On Friday, the makers of Banana Boat sunscreen recalled a slew of products over concerns that they could possibly ignite on a users’ skin. And while the idea of flaming sunscreen scored its share of giggles, the image here shows it’s no laughing matter.

WBZ-TV in Boston reported on an area man back in June who was burned while wearing Banana Boat spray at a cookout.

He told reporters that, soon after he applied the spray, he stood near an outdoor grill and the still-wet Banana Boat caught fire, causing second-degree burns on his chest, ear and back.

At the time Banana Boat said it was going to open an immediate investigation into the incident. We’re assuming that this incident is one that ultimately led to last week’s recall.

Energizer Holdings, the company behind Banana Boat, says it believes the issue is related to the spray nozzle, which is dispensing “more than is typical in the industry for continuous sun care sprays. As a result, the product is taking longer to dry on the skin than is typical with other continuous sprays.”

Some of the reaction to the story has been to ask “Who cares? It’s October.” Well, it may be gray and chilly in some parts of the country, but there are millions of people who live in sunny, warm regions all year long. There is also something called “traveling,” in which human beings leave their homes and visit other parts of the world, some of which might be sunny and warm. There are also people who just wear sunscreen all year long as part of their skin-care regime.

So yeah… that’s why people care.

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