FDL Fire Chief Concerned About Dangerous Challenge

Fond du Lac’s Fire Chief is adding his voice to those concerned about what has been called the “Tide Pod Challenge.” It may have started as a joke on social media, kids challenging kids to pop the detergent pods that go into washing machines into their mouths and swallowing them. Chief Peter O’Leary says the chemicals in the pods could harm or even kill the person who swallows them if they break open and are digested. O’Leary feels parents should have a talk with their kids about how serious it is to ingest the pods and if they can’t place them out of reach of their children to switch back to powder or liquid laundry detergent. O’Leary says unfortunately every few years a dangerous challenge is issued by kids on social media that picks up momentum.