Paraffin Based Skin Products

Posted by: marcia - Posted on:

Following three deaths in West Yorkshire since 2015, we are trying to raise public awareness about the potential fire risks so that paraffin-based skin products are used safely and everyone stays safe and well within their home.

  • Paraffin-based skin products are widely prescribed and dispensed for various skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. 
  • They are safe to use but can soak into clothing, dressings and bedding leaving a flammable residue. 
  • If exposed to a naked flame or a heat source, such as a cigarette, lighter, gas cooker, heater or fire, these saturated fabrics can catch fire; the paraffin residue will help the fire development and spread rapidly which could result in serious injury or death.

Please click on the Fire Service link to see more information supplied by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.