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Smoking & Emollients – Fire Risk Reminder !!

The Coroner for Staffordshire (South) has issued a Prevention of Future Deaths notice to the DHSC, NICE, Public Health England, the BMA, the CQC and certain social housing providers requiring action to address the risk of fire posed to smokers using emollients.

As set out in a previous post, the MHRA published a Drug Safety Update in 2018 which emphasised and updated earlier advice to healthcare professionals about the risk of ignition posed by emollient build-up in clothing, bedding, bandages or other fabric.

The following resources produced by NHS bodies and Fire & Rescue Services from around the country  may help when advising patients & carers of the risks and precautions: