Hi Friends! It’s Hot Dog. There has been a disturbing trend lately that has been sweeping the country and some of our young friends.
It is called the “Fire Challenge” Game. Mostly teens participate and it is where they voluntarily light themselves on fire with a flammable liquid, like nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol, and post videos of it online.
The FDNY strongly warns against this dangerous game. Fire is unpredictable and the “Fire Challenge” can lead to severe burns, injuries and even death. There have been many incidents where this game has gone horribly wrong.
Grown ups, it is really important that you become informed about the warning signs and risks of this game. According to the National Fire Protection Agency and other experts, it is important for adults to take action such as monitoring your child’s use of social media and having a conversation with your child about the negative impact the “Fire Challenge” can have.
Fire safety education is the key to making sure you and your friends make smart decisions when it comes to fire safety. That is why the FDNY provides many educational programs and resources for you to stay #FDNYSmart.
First, the FDNY’s Fire Safety Education Program continually educates the public with critical life-saving strategies that focus on fire prevention and critical life-safety skills. Fire deaths and accidents have dropped steadily during the past decade and studies show there is a direct link to strong public education programs. To learn more about our Fire Safety Education Program, click here.
The FDNY also has an innovative program called the Juvenile Fire Setting Program. If you or someone you know (up to the age of 12) is playing with fire or setting fires intentionally, the FDNY is here to help. The program offers both education and evaluation for kids. To find out more about the program, click here.