Viral TikTok Challenge

Firefighters across the country are warning parents about an extremely dangerous challenge gaining popularity on the social media app, TikTok and the latest trend is sparking more than just concerns.

The new challenge involving a phone charger, a penny and an outlet is going viral.

To TikTok users this is all in good fun, but officials say this is just an accident waiting to happen.

“A lot of times these kids they do this and they go to bed and then wake up in the middle of the night to their house being on fire,” says Rob Frampton, Assistant Fire Chief for Salisbury Fire Department.

Here’s how the challenge works people put a plug partially in the wall and then drop a coin on top of it causing visible damage, but sometimes more danger can linger behind the wall.

“If it’s inside of the wall it could take a while for it to develop, everybody may think that everything is fine and the joke was ha ha funny and little do they know an hour later that fire has smoldered into the wall,” says Frampton.

Trends like the outlet challenge can cause life-altering injuries and sometimes even death.

“It creates an electrical short which can cause electrocution, it could have effects on the individuals heart which could send them into cardiac arrest and could potentially kill them,” says Frampton.

Officials say the best way to prevent this from happening in your home is to keep an eye on the things your kids watch on social media and locals 47 ABC spoke with agree.

“My kids watch it but some of the stuff I think parents need to be more mindful of and interact with their kids so they know what’s going on,” says Salisbury resident,

Natasha Whaley.

Another Salisbury resident, Trenace Josiah says, “First of all that’s really crazy that people would even do something like that to put themselves at risk, you never know what could happen when you get shocked.”

While an accident like this hasn’t been reported locally, teenagers in several other states have faced criminal charges after causing property damage, even causing fires.

Officials say there are a few things you can do to avoid things like scorched outlets.

For example, fully inserting plugs into sockets and installing tamper-resistant electrical outlets.

They also encourage parents to have conversations about fire and electrical safety with their kids.

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