Fire Risk with
The build-up of emollients on
clothing and fabrics e.g. bedding and bandages is associated with a
risk of fire.
When patients 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
Examples of paraffin-based
The risk is greater when these
preparations are applied to large areas of the body, or when
dressings or clothing become soaked with emollient.
Do not smoke, use naked flames
or go near to anything else which may cause a fire whilst these
products are in contact with your clothes, dressings or
Ensure clothes and bedding are
washed at a high temperature and changed regularly as emollients
soak into the fabrics.
When supporting people to use
emollient creams, it is important to be aware of the risks. You
might use emollient creams to help manage dry skin conditions such
as eczema or psoriasis.
If people using a paraffin-based
emollient product cover it with a dressing or clothing, there's a
danger that smoking or using a naked flame could cause these
dressings or clothing to catch fire. There may also be reactions
between emollients and fibres of dressings, clothing and items such
as towels when used to carry out personal care.
'I am writing to congratulate you on your wonderful staff you
have working for you at DMH.'
Patient, Catering / Porters / Domestics, Darlington Memorial