Fire deaths linked to skin cream s

New Straits Times - - Flair - Daily Mail

US­ING ev­ery­day skin creams in the home has been linked to dozens of fire-re­lated deaths.

Pop­u­lar prod­ucts such as E45, used for eczema or dry skin, con­tain high lev­els of paraf­fin, which can soak into clothes or bed­ding.

Many peo­ple are un­aware of the highly flammable in­gre­di­ent in th­ese creams and the medicines watch­dog is now urg­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers to pro­vide warn­ings on all prod­ucts. Cur­rently they are only re­quired on those con­tain­ing 50 per cent paraf­fin.

At least 37 deaths in Eng­land have been as­so­ci­ated with the emol­lients since 2010, a BBC Ra­dio 5 in­ves­ti­ga­tion found.

In 2015, Christo­pher Holyoake, 63, died af­ter his bed­clothes - cov­ered in E45 residue — caught fire as he lit a cig­a­rette in his Le­ices­ter home.

The same year, Cen­tra­ben cream was found to have fea­tured in the death of John Hill, 84, whose cloth­ing ig­nited at a West Sus­sex nurs­ing home.

Af­ter coroners raised con­cerns, E45 will dis­play warn­ings from next month, while Cen­tra­ben agreed to re­view safety in­for­ma­tion.

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