Teenagers around the country are doing serious harm to themselves when they take the â€śfire challengeâ€ť. The Fulton County Fire Rescue Department wants teenagers and parents to be aware of the serious consequences of the fire challenge.
The fire challenge started on-line as a stunt to get people to set themselves on fire. "Fire challenge" videos have been popping up on sites like Facebook and YouTube. Â According to the New York Daily News, â€śIt seems the point of the challenge is to spray a small amount of flammable liquid like alcohol or perfume on an area of the body and light it on fire for a few moments... Accidents seem to happen if too much liquid is spread or they are unable to extinguish the flame quickly enough.â€ť
â€śYou would think that we would not have to warn people about setting themselves on fire,â€ť states Chief Larry Few, Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. â€śWe want everyone to know that and remember that fire is nothing to play with. What you think will be a small spark, could turn into an uncontrollable blaze.â€ť
According to the American Burn Association each year in the United States, 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention. â€śThe fire challenge is a deadly game,â€ť states Chief Few. â€śAs firefighters, we see first-hand the effects of fires and the lifetime scars that are left as a reminder of a dangerous incident.â€ť
Parents are urged to talk to their children about the dangers of the stunt. â€śWe do not want to have to respond to a fire or emergency medical call that can be prevented,â€ť said Chief Few. â€śThis is one challenge that no one needs to take.â€ť
For more information about fire safety, visit www.fultoncountyga.gov/fcfrd-home or call 404-612-5700. Follow the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department on Twitter @FCFRD.