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Social media trend involving aerosol burns sparks concern in UK schools

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A social media trend encouraging people to spray themselves in the same place 100 times with a can of aerosol deodorant has sparked concern in Jersey, UK. The Education Department has written to headteachers after the ‘Aerosol Challenge’, which first emerged in 2014, according to Jersey Evening Post, reappeared on the social media app TikTok.

The gas from a standard aerosol spray can reduce temperatures dramatically, in a similar way to frostbite. A government spokeswoman said the trend mainly affected adolescent children; however, it is believed some primary school-aged pupils have also taken part. A 2016 craze involving people being encouraged to spray aerosols into cigarette lighters or fire to create patterns or words also caused widespread concern and there are warnings in place for parents to look out for the so-called 'Fire Spray Challenge'.

 




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