Dad Sprays On Bug Spray – What He Starts Doing Right After Lands Him in the ER

Dad Sprays On Bug Spray – What He Starts Doing Right After Lands Him in the ER

I never even considered this possibility – I guess I should have. This dad sprayed on mosquito repellent and then went to burn some brush on his property. The repellent caught fire in a flash and he had to run and get a hose to put out his burning skin. He then had to go to the ER and wound up being referred to the burn unit. There is no pain like a burn and I don’t blame him for screaming. The pictures below are disturbing, but they show what can happen when fire decides to jump to something as mundane as bug spray on your legs. Geez.


From IJReview:

Be warned— these pictures are disturbing, but they are an important reminder to be careful when applying bug spray this summer.

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As Mark Marchesky writes in a Facebook post, his experience serves as a warning not to use bug spray near a campfire— or any open flame.

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Marchesky states that he was just looking to burn some brush on his farm when he decided to stave off the hordes of mosquitoes by spraying on some bug repellent before going out to light the fire. However, even though he wasn’t spraying himself next to the open flame, the application was still recent enough to have a painful result.

As Marchesky lit the fire, a flash of flame covered his legs as well.

“A quick flash of the torch ignited both the brush and instantly a flash of flame to both my legs,” wrote Marchesky, “it happened so quickly, as I ran patting the burning flesh off my legs I reached a garden hose on a nearby outbuilding and began flushing my legs for about 20 minutes to ease the pain.”

A trip to the ER rapidly followed where the remaining burned flesh was stripped off, his legs were wrapped, and bacitracin applied. He was then referred to the Burn Unit for further treatment and now faces another week in antibiotic wraps.

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As Marchesky notes, the process wasn’t a pleasant one.

“Painful- yes!!!!, with no pain meds given, my kids heard my muffled school girl screams from my the treatment room down the hall,” he wrote.

Hoping that others will learn from his example, he cautions people to give any insect repellent plenty of time to dry after application before going near an open flame. Check the product for further details, but wait at least five minutes.

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In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns against applying bug spray over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin and to use only enough to cover exposed areas and/or clothing.

Don’t spray repellent on your face— if it’s necessary to apply it to the face, ears, or neck, spray it on your hands, then use your hands to apply it.

Young children — who often put their hands in their mouth — should not have bug spray applied to their hands, and everyone (child and adult) should wash off the repellent (and wash affected clothing) once indoors again.

With summer in full swing, Mark Marchesky’s unfortunate experience is a helpful safety reminder for enjoying the outdoors, safely and bug-free.

It’s a good thing to remember that not only is bug spray flammable, it is poisonous. So, you have to be very careful putting it on young children, since they put their hands in their mouths frequently. You just don’t think when you put something on as ordinary as mosquito repellent that it is flammable. This was a horrid reminder just how easy things catch fire. Thankfully, this dad will be okay. I guess if you let the spray dry totally you are at less risk of turning into a ball of flame, but I wouldn’t push it. Fire is very unforgiving and merciless. Better to spray ‘after’ burning brush. Note to self.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - She also does research at You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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