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Paraffin Based Skin Creams

Last updated  18 May 2018

Skin products containing paraffin based ingredients are highly flammable. Items exposed to these products can easily catch fire.

Keep away from fire when using these products.

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To reduce the chances of this happening, we suggest the following:

  • Avoid smoking or using naked flames (and being near to others who do) whilst these products are in contact with your clothes, dressings or bandages.
  • If you do smoke, where possible use fire retardant covers, bedding and/or blankets. Ensure safe disposal of smoking materials.
  • Try and ensure clothes and bedding are changed regularly (if possible daily) as the skin product soaks into fabrics and is a potential fire hazard.
  • Be careful to ensure that the product does not soak in to chairs or other furniture. Don’t sit too close to open fires or portable heaters.
  • Explain to relatives, carers or anyone else in close contact about your treatment - show them this information. Carers may wish to consider adding this and other safety information to a care plan.
  • Treatment is important, but it is also essential to stay safe when these products are being used. Alternative water based products which are safer may be suitable. Seek medical advice before changing any medical products.

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