Paraffin based skin creams

If you use paraffin-based emollient products that are covered by a dressing or clothing, there is a danger that smoking - especially in bed or using a naked flame, could cause dressings or clothing to catch fire. 

Examples of paraffin-based emollients include:

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  • white soft paraffin 
  • white soft paraffin plus 50% liquid paraffin
  • emulsifying ointment

For example E45, petroleum jelly, aqueous.

Smoking or a naked flame could cause your dressings or clothing to catch fire when being treated with paraffin-based emollient that is in contact with the dressing or clothing.

Limit the risk of a fire if you smoke

Top tips:

  • Wash bedding daily.
  • Wash and change your clothing daily.
  • Avoid furniture becoming contamintated and use throws that can be washed regularly. 
  • Do not use naked flames or go near anything that may cause a fire while emollients are in use.
  • Take care if you smoke and don't allow others to smoke near you in your home.
  • Inform your GP or health care professional.

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service offer free home fire safety checks. To help us determine if you are eligible for a visit, please complete the home fire safety check short survey. If you are eligible an officer will contact you and arrange a convenient time to visit your home. Please be aware that there is a waiting list in place.