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Is your moisturizer a fire hazard? Researchers say fabrics with dried emollients catch fire in less than 20 seconds

Beware of the moisturizers you’re using because they could cause a fire. A study published in the Fire Safety Journal showed that commonly used emollients or non-cosmetic moisturizers are a fire hazard once they have dried on fabric, such as clothing and bedding.  For the study, forensic scientists at Anglia Ruskin University in the U.K. examined various moisturizers, such as those typically used for treating skin problems, such as eczema and psoriasis. Initially, they focused on creams, lotions, and ointments with paraffin bases. However, their latest laboratory research revealed that the presence of paraffin-free emollient increases the flammability of fabrics.  Read more...

 

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