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London Fire Brigade’s warning over TikTok craze

Teenagers are getting stuck in toddlers’ swings across London as part of a TikTok craze.

London Fire Brigade said it had responded to 21 instances of people trapped in swings this year – all linked to the challenge on the video-sharing app.

The trend sees teenagers attempt to force themselves into the swings’ metal frames.

Firefighters were called to Ruislip on Saturday to help a 14-year-old girl stuck in a swing.

Crews had to dismantle the swing and use pressure to expand it around the girl so they could free her.

They are urging teenagers to think twice before taking part in the challenge and wasting firefighters’ time, saying:

 “Our firefighters attend a wide variety of challenging incidents and far be it from us to judge the precarious positions some people find themselves in. But in their quest for TikTok fame, people have been potentially diverting our crews from more serious incidents and that isn’t something we want to see.”

 

Alicia Edwards 12th May 2021

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