West Yorkshire firefighter's warning over deaths linked to paraffin-based skin creams

West Yorkshire firefighter's warning over deaths linked to paraffin-based skin creams

West Yorkshire firefighter's warning over deaths linked to paraffin-based skin creams

Paraffin-based skin creams - used to treat a range of conditions such as eczema and psoriasis - can become extremely flammable, a top fire chief has warned.

He warned that hundreds of thousands of people use such products, and although "we're not sure how many fire deaths might have occurred.it could be into the hundreds".

Last year, the BBC found that 37 deaths have been linked since 2010 but now the fire services have said that creams used for treating conditions like eczema and psoriasis may have played a role in many other deaths without investigators realising.

"But unfortunately, that cream can get into fabrics, clothing, bandages and dressings, and become flammable".

Although Chris said that such creams are safe to use generally, "they can go up" if exposed to heat or flames.

The comments come after an investigation by the radio station and Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire found just seven of 38 paraffin-based products licensed in the United Kingdom had warnings on their packaging. It is believed cigarette embers sparked paraffin residue from his skin cream and set his clothes alight.

The BBC investigation found that most creams do not carry fire warnings despite the risk.

Users should not smoke, use naked flames or go near anything which may cause a fire while the creams are in contact with dressings or clothing, according to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

Its advice says "patients' clothing and bedding should be changed regularly - preferably daily - because emollients soak into fabric and can become a fire hazard".

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