Wednesday, August 13, 2014

State Fire Marshal warns of dangers associated with “fire challenge”

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal is urging Ohioans not to engage in the “fire challenge.” Recently made popular through social media, the challenge involves a person pouring a flammable liquid onto their body and then lighting themselves on fire. That person then nominates other friends to take part in the challenge.

Doing this could result in serious injuries, including first, second and third degree burns or even death.

“Fire is not something to be played with. The fire challenge is not only extremely dangerous for the people involved, but it could also be a danger to other people or structures around you,” said Fire Marshal Larry Flowers. “We urge you to not take part in this new fad.”

Many of the participants in the “fire challenge” are teenagers. That’s why Marshal Flowers is asking parents to talk with their children about the consequences of setting themselves on fire. He believes making young people aware of the severity of the challenge may deter them from taking part.

Sit down with your kids and let them know this isn’t a safe game,” said Flowers. “We need to make sure our children understand how dangerous this challenge actually is.”

If you know of someone who has taken part in the fire challenge, please contact your local law enforcement agency, fire department or the Office of the State Marshal, 614-752-8200 or toll-free, 888-252-0803.

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