Original article from Kent Live
Parents are being warned after children as young as ten have put their lives at risk by surfing on top of lifts as part of a new craze.
The trend, which originated on YouTube, has seen kids buying keys online to gain access to lift roofs and emergency controls.
Concerned firefighters warned last night that lift surfing is "incredibly dangerous and potentially life-threatening."
One YouTuber, who we are not naming, has posted 3,500 videos telling followers how to "surf lifts".
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In one clip, a child aged around 11-years-old, shows off about gaining access to a lift shaft.
He tells viewers: "Today we'll be talking about my new triangle key which I've just bought. It's used for lift surfing.
"I hope you love going on top of lifts because that's going to be our new thing."
He then films himself trying to access a car park lift in Ashford before confessing: "The lift has got stuck. It won't move."
In another video, a teenager reveals how he was stopped when an "old lady" asked him if the lift was broken.
He added: "I would have done more lift surfing if I wouldn't have gotten caught."
Footage posted on YouTube shows thrill-seekers filming themselves lift surfing in Southend, Essex, and tampering with controls.
Campaigners have warned that these videos are "glorifying dangerous activities".
Nick Mellor from the Lift and Escalator Industry Association, said surfers are at risk of falling from height, being electrocuted or being struck by counterweights.
He said: "The problem has grown in recent years as videos posted on social media have gained popularity.
"We have complained to YouTube about some videos we have seen but with no effect."
Mark Hardingham of the National Fire Chiefs Council said he was worried kids were using lift shafts "as play areas".
He added: "Not only is this putting children at risk of serious or life-changing injuries, it could also take firefighters and other services away from other life-saving activities."