Additional fire risks for those using emollient creams

Did you know that many commonly used moisturising creams contain paraffin and petroleum bases and can significantly raise the risk of injury and death by fire? 15 Londoners have died in the last three years in fires where its believed that a flammable skin cream was found to have spread flames across bedsheets or clothing. The cream seeps into bedding and clothes and can act like a wick allowing flames to quickly spread across the body. Washing clothes at a high temperature doesn't always remove the residue and even worse, these creams are likely to be used over large areas which increases their risk of harm. 

Fire Chiefs are asking everyone to become more aware of these risks but especially if you care for someone who uses these products. They have released this helpful video with advice on how to minimise the risks for someone you care for. If you are a carer for someone in your home then you can find more advice at this link.

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