Firefighters have issued a warning to teens after a girl got stuck in a swing in Ruislip trying to recreate a TikTok trend.
At the beginning of May firefighters Ruislip Fire Station’s Green Watch were forced to dismantle the swing and use pressure to expand it to help rescue the teen.
This incident is part of a wider spate of instances across London where teens have tried to recreate the TikTok video.
The Brigade’s Assistant Commissioner for Fire Stations, Jane Philpott, said they are asking people to think twice about their safety and wasting the time of emergency services.
“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.”
Picture credit Hampshire & Isle of Wight FRS