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‘Electricity is unforgiving’: Warning issued over new TikTok power outlet challenge

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The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is warning residents about the dangers brought on by participating in a new challenge on the popular social media platform TikTok.

The so-called #OutletChallenge consists of someone sliding a coin in between a phone charger that is loosely plugged into an outlet and then sharing the video to social media.

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The ESA said there have been no known injuries reported so far, but officials said the videos are a cause for concern.

“Electricity is unforgiving and no family should have to endure the pain of losing a loved one or their home because of a social media trend,” said Dr. Joel Moody, chief public safety officer for the ESA.

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Ajax Fire and Emergency Services also released a statement warning residents about the dangerous trend.

“Children are often curious and may not know how dangerous electricity is,” said Shelby Langer, a fire prevention inspector for the Town of Ajax.

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“They need to know that this challenge is very dangerous. It can cause a painful shock, burn injury, and potentially a house fire.”

According to the ESA, 110 kids under the age of 15 go to the hospital for a “preventable” electrical injury every year in Ontario.

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