FDA warns consumers about injury risk associated with ultraviolet wands

UV wand. Photo courtesy: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about the potential injury risks associated with the use of certain brands of UV wands.

Consumers are advised not to use the wands for disinfection because they may expose the user or others nearby to unsafe levels of ultraviolet-C radiation and may cause injury to the skin, eyes, or both after only a few seconds of use.

The FDA is aware of manufacturers that are marketing unsafe UV wands to disinfect surfaces and kill germs in the home or similar space and does not recommend the use of any of these products.

The affected products are:

  • Safe•T•Lite
  • OttLite Rechargeable UVC Disinfecting Wand
  • UVILIZER Flip
  • Portable UV Light Wand Sterilizer
  • Ultraviolet Sterilamp
  • Sharper Image® UV Sanitizing Portable Wand
  • SurfaceSoap UV
  • Magic UV Light SanitizerTM

To report a radiation incident or potentially hazardous event, or help identify additional UV wands that may give off unsafe levels of radiation, visit the FDA's website.

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