FOI Request - Emollient products involved in fires responded to by your Fire and Rescue Service

Josh Salisbury made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service as part of a batch sent to 50 authorities

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Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Fire and Rescue Service (FRS),

I am researching the number of fires relating to emollient products.

Therefore, under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like the following information if held:

1) 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.

An emollient is a moisturising treatment applied to the skin, typically used to manage eczema or psoriasis.

Such products include - but are not limited to - Diprobase, Zerobase, Cetraben, and E45 creams.

2) 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.

I note in asking this question that statistics on the number of fatalities in emollient-related fires may not be held by your FRS in each or all of the years since 2015. However, please provide the fullest data you hold.

3) 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.

4) 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.

I understand some details of those involved in the tests may need to be redacted under S40 of the act.

If there are any questions about my FOI request, please do not hesitate to contact me on my email: [email address].

Yours sincerely,

Joshua Salisbury

Barry, Gerry, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Joshua Salisbury,

 

Thank-you for your request for information, about fires involving
emollients, which I am dealing with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. I do apologise for the delay in acknowledging and
processing your request.

 

If you wish to contact me further regarding this request please quote
reference 60. Please be advised that your request, and any other
correspondence associated with it, will be  retained until the time has
lapsed for the request to be closed. Once the request is closed only
anonymised data will be retained as this is of public interest and will be
posted on our website. It may also be of use in answering similar
requests.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gerry Barry
Information Governance & Compliance Manager
01296 744442 / 07920 710637

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, Brigade Headquarters, Stocklake,
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1BD.
BFRS main enquiry line: 01296 744400
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Dear Gerry,

I am writing to ask about my request on emollient products, dated November 30. This is FOI reference 60 in your records.

It should have been answered on December 30. Please can you advise when the request will be answered as it is now overdue?

Yours sincerely,

Josh Salisbury

Barry, Gerry, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Josh Salisbury,

I do apologise for the delay. I will chase your request up this morning.

Yours sincerely

Gerry

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Barry, Gerry, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Josh Salisbury,

 

Further to your request for information, about  fires relating to
emollient products, I do apologise for the delay in responding to you.
Please see below:

 

1) 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.

 

This information is not recorded specifically in our systems, so we are
unable to report as such.  Where a significant fire / fire death occurs, a
higher level of fire investigation will be undertaken, it is known that we
had 1 fire in 2020 where emollient use was a contributing factor.

 

2) What is the total number of fatalities recorded by your FRS in the
incidents referred to in question 1 since 2015?

 

2015 – 0

2016 – 0

2017 – 0

2018 – 0

2019 – 0

2020 – 1

 

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

 

0

 

4) 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.

n/a

 

If you have any queries about this email please contact me within two
calendar months quoting reference 60. If you are unhappy with the service
you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint
or request an review of our decision, you should write to the Complaints
Officer at the address below within 40 working days. Our complaints
process is posted on our website at [1]www.bucksfire.gov.uk

 

If you are not content with the outcome your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Authority. The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Please be advised that your request and any other correspondence
associated with it will be retained until the time has lapsed for the
request to be closed. Once the request is closed only anonymised data will
be retained as this is of public interest and is posted on our website. It
may also may be of use in answering similar requests.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gerry Barry
Information Governance & Compliance Manager
01296 744442 / 07920 710637

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, Brigade Headquarters, Stocklake,
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1BD.
BFRS main enquiry line: 01296 744400
Please visit our website at [2]www.bucksfire.gov.uk

Our vision is to make Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes the safest areas
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