Fire deaths linked to creams

Fire deaths linked to creams

A senior London fire chief has warned that skin creams used to treat common conditions like eczema and psoriasis could leave people at risk of setting themselves on fire.

At least 37 deaths since 2010 have been linked to the creams which contain paraffin, which can soak into clothing fabrics or bed sheets  and make them flammable.

Darren Munro, borough commander for London’s Wandsworth Fire Station, said: ‘In four out of the last six fatalities that I’ve personally attended, I would say an emollient cream has had a direct result in the flame spread and the speed at which the fire took hold.

“The creams themselves aren’t dangerous, it only becomes dangerous when you mix them in with other factors.”

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