I have to admit that it never would have occurred to me to check and see if lubricants are flammable. After all, when I think about the question of whether lubes burn, I’m thinking more about allergic reactions and yeast infections.
Fortunately, Garnet Joyce ran across a sex guide that said that silicone lubricants are highly flammable and she wrote a blog post about her experiments. It turns out that, yes, silicone lubricants burn.
From a safety perspective, this is super important information. Lots of people like to use candles to make their bedrooms more romantic. Less common, but still relevant, some folks like to play with candle wax to give their partner a sensory experience. And if you wipe lube off on a towel, be extra careful to keep it away from fire. Open flames and silicone lube don’t mix.
I also wonder about the use of electric toys for sensation play or as part of a kinky scene. Many e-stim toys don’t create sparks, but some do and it seems to me that if the temperature of the spark is high enough, it could ignite any silicone lubricant it comes into contact with. Not that I’m suggesting that anyone runs out to try it (and I take no responsibility for the consequences if you do), but if anyone out there has personal experience with this, please let me know.
If you’re curious to see this for yourself, check out the video below.
Update: Here’s some more info about this. It’s not as scary as it seemed at first.