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Spray-on sunscreen can lead to burn injuries, FDA days

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The FDA has a warning for people who use spray-on sunscreen - stay away from barbecues and bonfires.

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In five separate incidents, the Food and Drug Administration says that people have suffered serious burn injuries after using multiple types of spray-on sun protection and going near an open flame.

The products that caused the injuries have voluntarily been pulled from the market, but the FDA warns that other products still on the market may still contain flammable ingredients, including alcohol. Hair spray and insect repellants also may have the same problem.

If you use spray-on sunscreen, you're urged to make sure that your skin dries completely before going near cigarettes, candles or grills.

"It's always important to read the label of a product before you use it and to follow the directions," Velazquez says," Dr. Lydia Velazquez, an FDA expert on skin products, says. "If you anticipate being near an open flame or another source that may give off sparks, look closely for flammability warnings on your sunscreen product."

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