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Fire Service issues warning about flammable medicinal products

14 August 2020

​Jersey Fire and Rescue Service (JFRS) has launched a campaign to raise awareness about the increased fire risk when using emollient skincare products, following several serious incidents in the UK.

Emollient products can contain paraffin, petroleum or natural oils, which are highly flammable and are used to relieve dry and itchy skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. The emollients often rub off and dry onto clothes and other materials which increases the risk of catching fire if exposed to naked flames. 

Ryan Hall, Station Commander, said: “An important part of being a firefighter is to educate the public on measures they can take to prevent an emergency from occurring in the first place, and the dangers of emollients is something that is not that widely known.

“Luckily, we haven’t had any cases in Jersey but there have been some serious and even fatal cases in the UK, and we want to help prevent the same from happening in our Island. We fully appreciate that these products serve a valuable purpose but when using emollients, people should stay away from naked flames wherever possible to keep themselves safe.”

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Dermatology, Diane Rolland said: ‘Emollients are a type of moisturiser which are hugely beneficial for various skincare treatments and come in a range of products such as ointments, gels, creams and sprays. People should be aware of the increased risk of burns from open flames as these products are highly flammable. We don’t want to deter people from using them, rather ensure that all precautions are taken to minimise risk.”

If anyone has any concerns related to their skin health, Islanders are advised to speak to their GP. 

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