The TikTok trend sees 18 teenagers cut out of baby swings in just two months

Fire and Rescue Services in Merseyside have issued an alert after being called to an increasing number of teenagers trapped in baby and toddler swings as part of a TikTok challenge

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In the TikTok Challenge, teenagers squeeze into baby or toddler swings while being filmed

In the space of two months, a TikTok challenge has seen firefighters free 18 Merseyside teenagers from swings.

The social media trend has teens crammed into baby or toddler swings while they’re being filmed.

Some got stuck and the fire brigade was forced to free them, sometimes the whole swing had to be dismantled.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Services (MFRS) is now warning teenagers to think twice before getting involved in the internet craze to prevent what they describe as “entirely preventable” and “unnecessary” incidents that “harm local… Authorities cause enormous costs”. It also urged parents to talk to their children.

Since the beginning of April, firefighters have responded to 18 incidents that have seen people trapped in baby and toddler swings in playgrounds and parks – 14 of which occurred in May alone, The Liverpool echo reports.

Fire services across the UK spoke last year of the 999 calls they received to help people in similar situations.

Most of the incidents MFRS participated in involved young people between the ages of 11 and 15.

Of these, 11 were held in Knowsley – four at Webster Park and three at Memorial Park in Kirkby. Two incidents occurred in Sefton, Wirral and Liverpool and one in St Helens.

Some of the incidents have resulted in crews being able to release the youths without tools, but others have resulted in the swings being completely dismantled, rendering them useless to other people.

No one was hurt as a result, but MFRS is urging teens to think twice about participating in challenges or challenges.

Ben Ryder, Area Manager for Operational Response at MFRS, said: “We participate in all types of incidents where people need our assistance across a range of situations. We are built to help – it’s in our nature – but these types of incidents are totally avoidable, unnecessary and create huge costs for local authorities.”

A spokesman for Knowsley Council said: “Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services provide an important service to our communities and it is unacceptable that a small number of people should waste their valuable time in this way. I encourage parents to talk to their children and explain the consequences of this behavior to them.

“I also want to say to our young people that while we welcome you to use our parks and green spaces, we do not engage in behavior that puts you and others at risk.”

Mr Ryder added: “We would urge young people to think twice before attempting to emulate the latest challenge or challenge they have seen online. It might seem like a bit of fun and it might increase your online following, but is it worth it?”

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