Firefighters Warn Parents of New Viral ‘TikTok Outlet Challenge’

In the age of social media, it would seem we just can’t get away from kids doing ridiculous things for the sake of sharing it with the internet (Thank you, Tide Pods Challenge).

The latest craze taking TikTok by storm this week is the so-called ‘outlet challenge,’ which involves a phone charger, a penny and you guessed it, an outlet.

Buckle in folks, this one is a doozy.

The challenge has kids partially inserting the plug of a phone charger into an outlet, then sliding a penny down between the outlet and the charger prongs, which in turn causes sparks, electrical system damage, and in some cases, fire.

It has firefighters across the country on their toes, concerned of the unforeseeable damage that can come from just one little spark.

The Holden Fire Department of Holden, Massachusetts took to Facebook last week with an important advisory for parents.

“These videos are a concern and similar to past viral videos that encourage unsafe behavior,” the post read. “We are alerting parents to this challenge, and advise them to not only look for signs of fire play like scorched outlets, but to have conversations about fire and electrical safety with tweens and teenagers.”

Along with a photo of a torched electrical socket, the Holden Fire Department included a list of electrical fire safety tips that would do us all a little good to refresh ourselves on.

Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm is the Editor of An outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure, she lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese all while capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras. Follow her on Facebook.

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