Fire brigade begs people to stop squeezing into toddlers' swings for TikTok fame

Teenagers chasing ‘TikTok fame’ have been accused of wasting firefighters’ time by getting stuck in swings.

The London Fire Brigade has issued a warning after dealing with more than 100 people who’ve got stuck in the small swings.

Just last Saturday, firefighters in Ruislip said they were ‘conscious they were being filmed’ by a young girl’s friends after being called to assist her.

The crew had to dismantle the swing and use pressure to expand it around where the 14-year-old was stuck.

Thankfully, the teen was uninjured and the swing could be reassembled.

The brigade said they have already attended 21 incidents of people stuck in swings this year, and it’s being linked to a TikTok fad of viral rescue videos.

The craze has intensified recently, with 12 of this year’s incidents taking place last month, including one at a playground in Sutton when crews were also filmed by teenagers.

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The brigade’s assistant commissioner Jane Philpott said: ‘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.

‘Each job our firefighters do attend takes time and we are hoping to prevent further call outs to such incidents by issuing this warning.

‘We would ask people to please just think twice before taking part in this challenge – think of the injuries you could cause yourself, the damage to the swings which have to be cut apart and most of all the fact you’re tying up resources which could be needed for a genuine emergency.

‘It might be a fun story for your friends, but wasting the time of emergency services is serious.’

Crews may be able to get the person out without using cutting equipment, but the damaged swings often have to be replaced.

Last year, firefighters assisted 52 people stuck in swings and there were 32 similar incidents in 2019.

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