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Fire Risks of Emollients Posted or Updated on 29 Feb 2024

Emollients are creams, sprays and lotions that may contain paraffin or other products like butters and oils.

These can act as an accelerant when absorbed into clothing and exposed to naked flames or other heat sources.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service recommend you can reduce the risks by:

  • Never smoke in bed
  • If your clothing, bedding / blankets are affected by emollients: 
    • Be cautious when smoking
    • Take care when cooking with gas or electric hobs
    • Don’t sit too close to any open fires, gas fires or halogen heaters
  • Wash your clothing and bedding daily at the highest temperature recommended. Although this will lower your risk, washing fabrics does not completely remove all fire risks
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