Mum’s stark warning as girl, 13, ‘could’ve been blinded’ when polish can ‘burst’

Erin Alexander was left with blurred vision and red eyes after liquid was sprayed over her when the canister of Fabulosa Multi-Surface Polish suddenly burst open – the company is investigating but denies the can ‘exploded’

A mum claims her teen daughter could have been blinded after a canister of Fabulosa Multi-Surface Polish allegedly ‘exploded in her face’.

Erin Alexander, 13, was left with red eyes and blurred vision after the product burst open, spraying liquid all over her. The company is investigating but insists the spray was caused by a leak and not an explosion.

Now mum Zara, 37, from Northampton, is demanding the polish be recalled after the horrific incident.

The full-time carer spoke out after the near miss and said: “Erin could have been blinded.

“Luckily she has only been left with itchiness and soreness in her eyes and what I hope is temporary blurred vision. But it could have been a lot worse.

“I want to warn others to avoid this product at all costs.”

Year eight student, Erin, was watching TV with her family on Tuesday afternoon when they heard a loud bang from the kitchen.

Erin went to investigate and says she noticed a hissing sound coming from a Fabulosa Cleaning Kit in the laundry room.

Zara says: “Erin came back into the living room with the box in her hands.

“As she picked up the polish, it began to squeal and exploded in her hands. She screamed out and told me her eyes were burning.”

The company denies the can exploded but says it is investigating further (

Zara grabbed the can from her daughter and threw it outside onto the grass, where it exploded again.

She says: “Erin was holding her hands to her eyes, complaining that they were burning and was crying in pain.”

Quick-thinking dad, Dean, 42, rushed Erin to the bathroom and washed her eyes with cold water.

Afterwards, he called 111, who advised him to apply a wet towel to his daughter’s face.

Within a few hours, the redness calmed down but Erin was left with a stinging pain around her eyes and blurred vision.

Two days on, Erin is using some ointment to soothe her eyes.

Zara says: “I am going to keep monitoring the situation for now. I am going to take her for an eye test to see if her vision has been affected.

“The worrying thing is that she could have been blinded. It’s awful. Erin has just started the cadets and she wants to be a nurse in the Army.

“If it had been a lot worse, then it could have jeopardised her future.”

Now, Zara is warning others to stay away from the product.

A spokesperson for Fabulosa said: ” As part of our initial investigation we have inspected the images of the product provided by the customer, as well as speaking to Mrs Alexander for further clarification and to determine the exact circumstances and facts surrounding her concern.

“Reviewing the photographic, scientific and also anecdotal evidence provided, an explosion didn’t in fact take place, rather the liquid leaked out of the aerosol can following damage in the form of a pinhole.

“As our customer’s health and safety is of utmost importance to us, a fuller investigation will now take place, which will include a site visit to Mrs Alexander’s home.

“Fabulosa works closely with all regulatory and industry bodies including Trading Standards, ECHA, AISE and the BAMA, and we would like to take this opportunity to reassure our customers that our products and their packaging are fully compliant with all safety regulations on how to safely use them and any associated risks.”

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