Emollients - be safe

Safety when using emollients

Emollient creams are moisturisers that can be used to prevent or treat dry skin conditions like:

  • eczema
  • bed sores
  • ulcers
  • psoriasis

They come in a variety of forms; creams, lotions or gels.  All cover the skin with a protective film to reduce water loss. They can be very flammable, so are a fire safety concern, especially when used by people who spend extended periods in a bed or an armchair due to illness or impaired mobility.

It is important to be aware of the fire safety risks if you, or a person you care for, needs moisturising creams.  

We've produced a poster to spread awareness of this issue and we would encourage you to read and share this information.  The poster is attached to this page.