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Ohio Fire Marshal warns of potentially fatal fad

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -

The Ohio Fire Marshal is urging Ohioans not to engage in a dangerous fad know as the “fire challenge.”

According to a news release form the Ohio Department of Commerce, the challenge involving a person pouring a flammable liquid onto their body and then lighting themselves on fire, has become popular through social media.  That person then nominates other friends to take part in the challenge.

Fire Marshal Larry Flowers says the practice 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  Flowers. “We urge you to not take part in this new fad.”

Many of the participants in the “fire challenge” are teenagers. 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 Marshal Flowers. “We need to make sure our children understand how dangerous this challenge actually is.”

The Fire Marshal is asking anyone who knows of someone who has taken part in the “fire challenge,” to contact a local law enforcement agency.

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