TikTok development leading to teenagers getting caught in child swings slammed by fireplace chiefs
FIRE bosses struck a thoughtless TikTok trend that is causing teenagers to get stuck on baby swings – after the number of emergency calls nearly doubled in a year.
Teens squeeze into toddler gear to shoot short social media videos on TikTok.
Fire chiefs have struck a TikTok trend that is causing teenagers to get stuck in baby swings – after the number of emergency calls almost doubled in a yearImage credit: SWNS
Teenagers squeeze into the swings, which are designed for toddlers, to watch short social media videos on TikTok. to turnImage credit: SWNS
But many teenagers get stuck in the seat and have to be cut free.
Data obtained through Freedom of Information requests shows that there were at least 777 emergency calls for people who got stuck in the UK over the past year.
Sources say the TikTok craze will make up a large part of these callouts. That is 77.3 percent more than the 438 swing rescues in 2019.
Tory MP Nigel Mills said, “This is shocking and ridiculous at the same time. It is a total waste of resources for firefighters.
“People who do that should be fined. They are intended for babies to play with, not the elderly.
“I would be tempted to leave her there, although you probably can’t really do it.
“How terrible it would be if a firefighter couldn’t get into a fatal house fire fast enough for freeing these idiots.”
A firefighter told The Sun, “This craze is definitely responsible for the surge.
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“We have better things to do than upset teenagers who think it’s a laugh. A house fire could kill people while we are dealing with them.
“It’s very irritating. Many of these will be due to TikTok videos. “
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service received the most sorties with a whopping 98 – almost one every three days – up from 48 last year.
The London Fire Brigade ranked second at 52 – up from 32 in 2019.
While Kent went from 22 to 45, Devon & Somerset went from 23 to 40 and Lancashire shot from 14 to 40.
For fire departments like Merseyside, Manchester and Leicestershire, the stakes were at least twice as high – with Essex, Buckinghamshire, Cleveland, Worcester, Northamptonshire and Northern Ireland more than tripling.
Some services with fewer swing rescues in the previous year had five times as many missions.
Northumberland had two in 2019 but 12 the following year. Oxfordshire, West Sussex and Norfolk had only one deployment each in 2019, but eight, six and five rescues, respectively, last year.
And the fad shows no signs of slowing down, as the London Fire Brigade has already rescued at least 21 people from swings this year – mostly in the early evening hours.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service received the most calls with a whopping 98 – almost one every three daysPhoto credit: Solent
Tory MP Nigel Mills said people who do this should be fined, calling it “a total waste of resources for firefighters”.Image credit: SWNS
Assistant Fire Department Commissioner Jane Philpott warned last month, “In their pursuit of TikTok fame, people may have distracted our crews from more serious incidents and we don’t want to see that.
“We are asking people to just think twice before taking part in this challenge – think about the injuries you could do to yourself, the damage to the swings that will have to be cut apart, and most importantly, the fact that you are Tying up resources that might be needed for a real emergency.
“It might be a funny story for your friends, but wasting time on emergency services is serious.”
In Kent, 99 people had to be rescued from swings in the past four years. But 63 of those rescues have occurred since January 2020.
The service urged, “Please stop, this is wasting crew time” and adapted the lyrics to Jay Z’s song 99 Problems: “99 problems with swings stuck on your bum. When you have TikTok issues, we feel bad. We have 99 (swing) problems, although there shouldn’t be any. “
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After the South Wales Fire Department was delayed to other emergencies last July in releasing two teenagers with bums stuck in swings, they warned, “If you are over 4, please don’t try to get on one!”
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire Control tweeted the hashtag “#YouAREBigandNotClever” after a teenager was trapped in Cosham.
And the Greater Manchester Fire Department asked the children not to try the challenge again after completing three sorties in a single day.
The London Fire Brigade has rescued at least 21 people from swings so far this year – mostly in the early evening hoursImage credit: SWNS
In Kent, 99 people have been rescued from swings in the past four years, but 63 of those rescues have occurred since January 2020Image credit: SWNS