Some emollient skincare creams and gels, used to treat conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, contain ingredients such as paraffin or petroleum and may make clothes and other materials more flammable if they rub on to the fabric through contact with skin.
Ryan Hall, station commander, said: ‘Luckily we haven’t had any cases in Jersey, but there have been some serious and even fatal cases in the UK, and we want to help prevent the same from happening in our Island. We fully appreciate that these products serve a valuable purpose but users should stay away from naked flames wherever possible to keep themselves safe.’
Clinical nurse specialist in dermatology Diane Rolland said: ‘Emollients are a type of moisturiser which are hugely beneficial for various skincare treatments and come in a range of products such as ointments, gels, creams and sprays. People should be aware of the increased risk of burns from open flames. We don’t want to deter people from using them, rather ensure that all precautions are taken to minimise risk.’
Islanders are recommended to raise any concerns related to skin health with their GP.