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Fulton County Fire Rescue Warns Teens Not to Take Dangerous Fire Challenge | Print |

Teenagers around the country are doing serious harm to themselves when they take the “fire challenge”. 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.   According to the New York Daily News, “It 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.”

“You would think that we would not have to warn people about setting themselves on fire,” states Chief Larry Few, Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “We 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.”

According to the American Burn Association each year in the United States, 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention. “The fire challenge is a deadly game,” states Chief Few. “As firefighters, we see first-hand the effects of fires and the lifetime scars that are left as a reminder of a dangerous incident.”

Parents are urged to talk to their children about the dangers of the stunt. “We do not want to have to respond to a fire or emergency medical call that can be prevented,” said Chief Few. “This is one challenge that no one needs to take.”

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.


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