LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Lafayette Fire Department is warning people about a new trend from social media.
Known as the “Fire Challenge,” the act has been growing in popularity nationally since 2012. It involves pouring flammable material onto a person’s body and lighting themselves on fire. The trend used to involve only lighting a hand on fire. Now, it’s not uncommon for someone to put their whole upper body on fire.
Locally, there has already been four cases requiring people to be hospitalized. The Lafayette Fire Department encourages parents to monitor their children’s social media habits and to remind them of the dangers of fire.
“Please sit down with the children and let them know that fire is fire, and fire is not controllable,” said Lafayette Fire Inspector Todd Trent.
Videos uploaded to social media often only show five to seven seconds of the flames, not the aftermath of the serious burns. However, some victims have taken to the same platforms to showcase the severity of their burns.