techtimes.com – Throwing boiling water into the air where it instantly freezes in the cold weather may be something fun to watch but health experts are warning the public not to do it.
A large part of the continental United States dipped below freezing point over the past few weeks because of the polar vortex.
The boiling water challenge became popular amid record low temperatures. People throw hot water into extremely cold air to see what happens. Hospitals, however, said the viral challenge is sending people to the emergency room.
At least eight people who took part in the boiling water challenge have been treated at Chicago’s Loyola University Medical Center burn center since the deep freeze happened last week. These individuals had injuries in the feet, face, arms, and hands and have varying degrees of burns.
The University of Iowa Burn Treatment Center said one person sought treatment at the facility. Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis also had a couple of people who were hospitalized as a result of the challenge gone wrong in recent weeks.