Persons who regularly use paraffin based emollients, their families and/or carers should be advised as follows:
- Smoking or a naked flame could cause patients' dressings or clothing to catch fire when being treated with paraffin-based emollient that is in contact with the dressing or clothing.
- Advise patients not to: smoke; use naked flames (or be near people who are smoking or using naked flames); or go near anything that may cause a fire while emollients are in contact with their medical dressings or clothing.
- Change patient clothing and bedding regularly—preferably daily—because emollients soak into fabric and can become a fire hazard.
- When patients are being treated with a paraffin-based emollient product that is covered by a dressing or clothing, there is a danger that smoking or using a naked flame could cause dressings or clothing to catch fire.
- The risk is greater when these preparations are applied to large areas of the body, or when dressings or clothing become soaked with emollient.
Examples of paraffin-based emollients include:
- white soft paraffin
- white soft paraffin plus 50% liquid paraffin
- emulsifying ointment