EAST BRIDGEWATER — Chief Timothy Harhen would like to warn parents of a new viral teen video that may result in fire incidents.
State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey reports that several incidents have taken place in Massachusetts. Though there have not been any reports of incidents involving these “challenges” taking place in East Bridgewater, officials would like parents to be aware of the new challenge.
The challenge seen on the popular video app, TikTok, involves partially inserting the plug part of a phone charger into an outlet and sliding a penny down the wall onto the exposed prongs. This action results in sparks and can cause electrical system damage and, in some cases, a fire. To view the video of the challenge click here.
“This viral video challenge can lead to a fire that results in property damage or even worse, serious personal injury,” Chief Harhen said. “Parents are encouraged to use it as an opportunity to educate their children on the importance of fire safety and the dangers these challenges can pose.”
Chief Harhen would like to provide the following electrical fire safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration:
- Insert plugs fully into sockets.
- If you have young children, install tamper-resistant electrical outlets.
- Replace wall outlets if plugs do not fit tightly.
- Do not overload outlets.
- Never force a three-pronged plug into a two-slot outlet.
In addition to electrical fire safety, Chief Harhen would like to remind parents and children to discuss the dangers of certain online challenges and trends and recognizing dangerous activity on the internet.