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The first item on any good summer safety checklist is usually sunscreen. But rather than opting for the old-fashioned rub-on varieties of sunscreen, both sun worshipers and parents alike are relying more and more on the convenience of spray sunscreens to help guard against the danger of over-exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays.
But while they may be convenient, consumer watchdogs are now being joined by the Food and Drug Administration in asking: Are spray sunscreens safe?
According to Chicago's WBBM-TV, the FDA is investigating the health risks of using spray sunscreens, requesting data from manufacturers on both the products' effectiveness and the potential health hazards posed by unintentional inhalation.
As the FDA's investigation continues, what do consumers need to know? Here are three things to consider when using spray sunscreen:
If you do choose to use a spray sunscreen, be sure to adequately cover the areas of your body exposed to the sun. One thing that is beyond question is that a sunburn can be a major pain in the neck, ear or anywhere else that you may have forgot to put sunscreen.
And if you are somehow injured by the use of spray sunscreen, seek medical help right away. It may also be wise to keep the spray canister as evidence and then call an experienced product liability attorney to discuss your options.