FDA: Certain UV wands give off unsafe levels of radiation that can harm skin, eyes within seconds

Products claimed to disinfect in seconds

Ultraviolet wand (FDA)

The FDA is reminding people not to use certain brands of ultraviolet wands because they may produce unsafe levels of radiation.

Ultraviolet wands are used to disinfect items and kill germs. The FDA issued a safety communication warning to let people know that certain UV wands could cause injury to their skin or eyes after just seconds of use.

Ultraviolet-C (UV-C) radiation is a type of radiation that is known to disinfect air, water and nonporous surfaces. The FDA tested samples of UV wands from several manufacturers that are marketing the wands to consumers outside of a health care setting.

The FDA found that the products give off unsafe levels of UV-C radiation. When a product is advertised to disinfect in seconds, it likely means it gives off an unsafe level of UV-C radiation, according to the FDA.

The FDA also said the products lacked safety information, claimed to disinfect in seconds and lacked any safety features to protect users. The FDA suggests using safer methods, such as chemical cleaners.

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FDA says not to use the following brands:

Safe•T•LiteMax‐lux Corporation
OttLite Rechargeable UVC Disinfecting Wand, model: UV10002MOttLite Technologies Inc.
UVILIZER Flip, model: SG-153In My Bathroom LLC, “dba” IMB
Portable UV Light Wand SterilizerIn My Bathroom LLC, “dba” IMB
Ultraviolet Sterilamp, model: PURPLEGLOWVanelc
Sharper Image® UV Sanitizing Portable Wand, model: 101362MerchSource LLC
SurfaceSoap UVPhoneSoap LLC
Magic UV Light SanitizerTMMagic UV Light Sanitizer

The FDA said that the UV wands listed above may have been labeled with additional names so you could potentially have a dangerous wand that is not noted on the list. If you have or see a UV wand that doesn’t have safety instructions or information on its risks and the radiation it gives off, the FDA said you shouldn’t use it.

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