By Jane Nambi
Be careful what kind of creams you use and follow their in instructions carefully because they may cause you serious injuries as they did to a man in Massachusetts.
Brett Sigworth from Massachusetts had second degree burns after applying a sun cream when he was set aflame.
Brett allegedly applied the cream which he identified as sunscreen aerosol spray on several body parts and when he went next to a grill, he automatically caught fire and suffered from second degree burns.
Talking about his ordeal, Brett expressed his utter panic and fear when he was aflame. “I went into complete panic mode and screamed,” Sigworth said. “I’ve never experienced pain like that in my life.” He added saying, “It was so scary,” he said, “and I just wouldn’t want to see it happen to anybody else.”
Brett suffered from second degree burns to his chest, ear and back, the all other areas where he applied the sunscreen. The incident happened ten days ago but his body is still showing the ordeal he suffered from.
However, Brett did not adhere to the warnings on the bottle of Banana Boat sunscreen which read, “Flammable, don’t use near heat, flame or while burning” although it did not t specify about application.
In a statement, the Banana Boat officials expressed horror about the story and promised to carry out investigations to rectify the matter. “We are unaware of any prior incidents similar to what Brett has described, but because nothing is more important to us than the safety of our consumers, we are taking this matter very seriously,” the statement said.
Dan Dillard, CEO of the Burn Prevention Network, said, “As he approached the flame, the charcoal simply caught the vapor trail and it follows the vapor trail to where the bulk of the substance is, which is on his body,” said Dillard. “I think if people were told this is flammable for two minutes on your skin, people wouldn’t use it,” Sigworth said.
He is not going to sue the company.
According to the world health organization, an estimated 195, 000 deaths every year are caused by burns and these are more so in South-East Asia which accounts for 27% of global burn deaths.