The use of paraffin based emollient skin creams, although generally safe to use, can become flammable when exposed to an ignition source, such as a naked flame, cigarette or heater. Emollient creams are often used for dry skin conditions, and with regular use, clothing, dressings, and bed sheets can become impregnated with the product. This build up of residue can become highly flammable and act as an accelerant when ignited.
To reduce the risk of this happening:
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have conducted an experiment showing the effects of different materials impregnated with emollient creams using different ignition sources. See the video below for the outcomes of this experiment.