Emollient creams

Find out how to stay safe from fire whilst using skin treatments like emollient creams, gels or lotions.

Emollient creams are often used for conditions such as:  

They can be prescribed or purchased over the counter as gels, sprays, creams, ointments and lotions. These products are designed to help create a barrier over the skin and reduce water loss.  

What are the risks?

Emollient creams are an effective skin treatment, but they do present a fire risk. Residue from these products on bedding and clothing greatly increases their flammability, even from just one use.  

Staying safe

Whether you’re caring for someone who uses emollients or you use them yourself, being mindful of their fire risk can help keep you safe. You should remember:  

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