National Fire Protection Association warns of viral TikTok challenge
The National Fire Protection Association is urging parents and guardians to talk to their children about a dangerous viral challenge circulating on the social media app TikTok.
The “#outletchallenge” video shows how to partially put a plug of a cellphone charger in an outlet and sliding a penny down the wall onto the exposed prongs.
Doing so, the NFPA said, leads to sparks and damage to the electrical system. In some causes, the agency said, it can cause injuries, fires and electrocution.
The viral challenge has been imitated at least by high school students in Massachusetts, NFPA said. Massachusetts fire officials have issued fire alerts about the dangers of this challenge.
“Electricity is ubiquitous in our lives, so much so that we often take for granted its power and potential for danger,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for NFPA. “This video challenge reinforces that electricity can inflict serious harm if used improperly.”
Carli said the NFPA wants to share the dangers of the challenge in order to prevent anyone further from being hurt.
When the name of the challenge is searched in TikTok, the social media site indicates that it cannot locate any videos with that tag.
“Couldn’t find this hashtag,” the site said. “Looking for videos? Try browsing our trending creators, hashtags and sounds.”
Parents or guardians looking to start the conversation with their children about this challenge and the risks it poses can visit the NFPA website for additional resources.