STONEHAM — Chief Matt Grafton warns of a dangerous viral teen video trend that can result in serious injuries and fire incidents.
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey released an advisory about two incidents in Massachusetts related to a new challenge on the popular video app, TikTok.
The challenge involves partially plugging in a phone charger and sliding a penny down the wall onto the exposed prongs. This results in sparks, electrical system damages and, in some cases, a fire. To view the video of the challenge, click here.
“This trend puts people at high risk of serious injuries, and can result in electrical damage and possible fires,” Chief Grafton said. “Hopefully, by spreading awareness of the trend, parents and the community will be able to educate teens about the dangers of this trend and encourage them not to participate.”
Chief Grafton would like to remind the public about the 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 these tips, Chief Grafton would like to remind parents and children to discuss the importance of recognizing dangerous activities and trends promoted on the internet.