Emollients - be safe
Safety when using emollients
Emollient creams are moisturisers that can be used to prevent or treat dry skin conditions like:
- bed sores
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.