Fire brigade to handcuffs users: Don’t get stuck
LONDON (AP) — London firefighters say they have freed hundreds of people with body parts trapped in household objects in the last three years, including 18 children with heads stuck in potties or toilet seats and 79 people trapped in handcuffs.
The London Fire Brigade speculated that the popularity of erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” may account for a rise in handcuffs incidents.
“I don’t know whether it’s the ‘Fifty Shades’ effect, but the number of incidents involving items like handcuffs seems to have gone up,” said Third Officer Dave Brown.
Firefighters treated almost 500 people with rings stuck on their fingers, and nine with rings stuck on their penises.
The brigade advised people today to exercise common sense — and always to keep the keys nearby when using handcuffs.