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.

View our Fire Safety leaflet regarding paraffin based skin products for more details

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.