Here’s another reminder that parents, and those in mentoring positions of young adults in the community, need to be aware of dangerous trends, and be ready to help in order to prevent senseless tragedies.

Kissimmee Utility Authority
is informing the community  of a dangerous viral internet challenge currently circulating on the social media app TikTok.

It’s called the “outlet challenge,” and it involves partially inserting the plug of a cell phone charger into an outlet, then placing a penny onto the exposed prongs. The result includes sparks and damage to the electrical system. In some cases, it could cause fires, injuries or even electrocution.

Parents and other adults are urged to speak with their children about how dangerous these types of challenges can be.

Here are important tips on outlet safety:

  • Never stick your fingers or any object into an electrical outlet or light bulb socket.
  • Unused wall outlets should be secured. Consider using safety outlets that prevent foreign objects from being inserted.
  • Don’t play with wires, cords, outlets, or switches.
  • Never pull an electric plug out of the wall outlet by yanking on the electric cord. Pull it out by its base. Pulling on a cord could cause damage to the appliance, the plug or the outlet.

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