Don't smoke and wear diapers

Gary E. Sattler

In many situations these days, it sometimes takes a tragedy and/or lawsuit to expose unknown dangers. Such is the case with a recent accidental death, which has revealed a startling truth about the possible flammability of some adult sanitary undergarments. Recently, a resident of a Spokane Valley adult care facility was burned to death when his clothing caught fire and the adult diaper which he was wearing burned with the same intensity that nearly all plastics do.

The story, which was provided by KIRO 7 Consumer Investigator Amy Clancy, makes clear that while the undergarment was not the cause of the flame up, the characteristics with which it burned may have made the fire more difficult for the victim, 63-year-old Jimmie Wilson, to extinguish. A witness on the scene stated that she had seen flaming pieces of molten plastic dropping from a balcony above.