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Tik Tok craze trapping teenagers and tying up fire crews

11 August 2020

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are urging teenagers not to put themselves in danger by using child swings at the local playground as part of a social media craze.

one child swing next to 'normal' swing

Youngsters across the country are filming themselves for Tik Tok getting stuck in swings designed for babies and toddlers. Crews in this area are no exception and since late June have attended around 15 incidents with the bulk of them in Hull and Scunthorpe.

Other fire and rescue services such as South Wales, Derbyshire and Oxfordshire have taken to social media to ask younsters not to 'waste their time'. 

Humberside FRS Group Manager Matt Sutcliffe explained the serious side of what might seem a harmless bit of fun:

baby in child swing

“We want all young people to enjoy the summer safely and responsibly. Sadly, we have yet another social media craze which is putting young people in danger and stretching our crews when they could be preparing for or attending actual life threatening incidents.

“These incidents can leave the young person with bruising and cause them great distress. On one occasion last month we had to administer oxygen after one girl fainted.

"Please leave these swings for babies and toddlers - they are not designed for teenagers Leave them for the little ones for whom they are designed."

Derbyshire crews rescue seven teenagers story

South Wales rescue story