'Fire challenge': Social media dare has young people setting themselves on fire for clicks, views and likes
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:21:25 GMT —
No one would purposely set themselves on fire for no reason, would they?
A social media stunt is catching on, and teens across the country are finding out why setting yourself on fire is not good for your health.
The â??fire challengeâ?? made news on Saturday when a 16-year-old Southern California boy suffered severe burns after setting himself on fire for an online dare. The teen reportedly poured nail polish remover on himself and then ignited it, causing first and second-degree burns to his face, neck and hips.
The â??fire challengeâ?? is just the latest in a string of social media stunts that have caused many people serious injury, such as the â??cinnamon challenge,â?? where participants try to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon in under 60 seconds. This led has led to several hospitalizations, among other injuries.
The â??ice and salt challengeâ?? made news locally after a girl was severely burned trying the stunt.
Here is a link to a video of the â??fire challenge,â?? but we want to warn you that some people may find it disturbing.
Is there more that can be done to stop young people from trying these potentially dangerous social media dares?
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.