Hundreds of fire deaths may be linked to the use of skin creams containing paraffin, a senior firefighter warns.
If people use the creams regularly but do not often change clothes or bedding, paraffin residue can soak into the fabric and act as an accelerant when it comes into contact with a cigarette or a flame from a heater.
A BBC investigation found most creams do not carry warnings despite the risk.
The medicines regulator is conducting a safety review into the creams.
Last March a BBC investigation discovered 37 deaths were linked to skin creams containing paraffin in England since 2010. It is believed there have been a further eight deaths since November 2016.
But fire services are now warning the creams – used for conditions like eczema and psoriasis – may have played a role in many other deaths without investigators realising.
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