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Emollients and risk of severe and fatal burns

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Date Added: 24 - Jun - 2022
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Although emollients are not flammable in themselves or when on the skin, when dried on to fabric they act as an accelerant, increasing the speed of ignition and intensity of the fire. This accelerant effect significantly reduces the time available to act to put out a clothing or bedding fire before serious and fatal burns are sustained.

MHRA and NFCC emollients leaflet A5

MHRA and NFCC emollients A4 information sheet for healthcare professionals