Skin creams containing paraffin linked to fire deaths
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Skin creams containing paraffin linked to fire deaths

Dozens of people who used skin creams have died since 2010 after accidentally setting themselves on fire. The creams contain paraffin and are used to treat conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

But unless clothing and bedding are washed regularly, residue from the creams can build up, making fabrics highly flammable. The programme hears from one woman whose husband died after setting himself on fire in hospital when he went for a cigarette.

The medicines regulator the MHRA has asked manufacturers to include warnings on packaging.

This clip is taken from 5 live Investigates on Sunday 19 March 2017.

  • 20 Mar
  • From the section UK