Increased Fire Risk From Paraffin Based Emollients

When patients or vulnerable persons in the community, are being treated with a paraffin-based emollient product that is covered by a dressing or clothing, there is a danger that smoking or using a naked flame could cause dressings or clothing to catch fire.

We are aware of a recent fatal incident, in which a naked flame ignited emollient cream in contact with a patient’s dressings and clothing, in a care home.

The risk is greater when these preparations are applied to large areas of the body, or when dressings or clothing become soaked with emollient.

Examples of paraffin-based emollients include:

white soft paraffin
white soft paraffin plus 50% liquid paraffin
emulsifying ointment

For further information and governmental guidance, please see the below link attached

http://www.gov.uk/drug-safety-update/paraffin-based-skin-emollients-on-dressings-or-clothing-fire-risk 

Further Information

Business Fire Safety

Telephone: 01743 260 200
Email: businessfiresafety@shropshirefire.gov.uk