Public Safety

  


Important tips to keep you, your family and your home safe all year round.  If you have any questions regarding fire safety, please contact your local fire department.

ESA Warning Ontarians not to participate or share a “challenge” on the social media platform TikTok that could lead to electrical fires and pose a serious safety risk.

There is a new social media “challenge” making it’s way through the social media platform TikTok called the #OutletChallenge or #PennyChallenge.  TikTok is a social media platform similar to snapchat where people create short little videos on their cell phones to share with their friends.  The so-called #OutletChallenge or #PennyChallenge involves an individual sliding a coin between a loosely plugged in cell phone charger and an electrical outlet in an effort to create sparks to film and post on social media (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFl6UhH1Stc).
 
In response, the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has put out the following media release reminding the public of the dangers of electricity and is encouraging all to remember there are ‘no safe shocks’. Media Release: New TikTok Challenge Posing Serious Electrical Risks.pdf
 
 
For more information on the #OutletChallenge or #PennyChallenge please see the following news articles:
 

 

 


Public & Life Safety

This information is provided by the members of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, the Ontario Fire Service, Ontario Fire and Life Safety Educators and the Office of the Fire Marshal.  Questions regarding fire education and prevention should be directed to your local fire department.

Prevention is the best way to fight a fire!