Fire deaths where emollient cream was a factor – 16141

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A request for information about fire deaths where emollient cream was a factor.

Ref: FOI/16141

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 17th November. Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

Between January 1 2010 and November 1 2016 how many fire deaths has your fire service recorded where emollient cream (or other skin cream) was listed as a factor?
Please could you provide details of each incident, including the date it happened, the age of the victim and a brief description of the circumstances.
For example if the victim was in a bed and lit a cigarette which caused emollient skin cream to catch fire, please state that.

Between January 1 2010 and November 1 2016 how many fire incidents were you called to in which a person was injured but did not die, where emollient cream (or other skin cream) was listed as a factor.
Again could you please provide details of each incident, including the date it happened, the age of the victim and a brief description of the circumstances.

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service has no recorded incidents where emollient cream (or other skin cream) was listed as a factor.

We are aware of the risks of emollient creams and would have considered them as part of our hypothesis during any incident where there was the potential for the person involved to have been using such creams.

When carrying out prevention work in the community, in households where these products are in use, general advice can be given to reduce the risk of ay incidents occurring.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

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