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Freedom of Information

Published on 18 January 2021

Ref: FOI/20110


I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested further to your freedom of information request.

Please find below a summary of our findings.


Since 2015, how many fires were responded to by your FRS in which investigators established or believe that an emollient product was either a primary or contributory factor in the fire? Please break this down year by year.

What is the total number of fatalities recorded by your FRS in the incidents referred to in question 1 since 2015? Please break this down year by year.


West Midlands Fire Service has no 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 of the person using such creams.

When carrying out Prevention Based activity where these products are in use, general advice can be given to reduce the risk of ay incidents occurring.


Since 2015, how many controlled fire tests on emollient products, or the interaction of emollient products with other products, has your FRS carried out?

By “controlled fire test”, I mean any exercise in which your FRS undertook to understand the flammability of emollient products or their interaction with other products.


West Midlands Fire Service has not undertaken any testing regarding emollient products.


For all of the controlled fire tests referred to in 3), please provide a copy of the report that ensued from each of those tests.


Not applicable

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