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Fire Brigade Rescue Child With Head Stuck In Potty

Wednesday 23rd July 2014

The London Fire Brigade have revealed they were called to rescue a child who a potty stuck on its head.

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Fire chiefs have urged parents to keep an eye on their children, saying they have spent £240,000 rescuing youngsters in the last five years - around five calls per day.

It comes after they received a call last week to a child in Dulwich, who needed help getting their head from out of a potty.

Other examples of the Fire Brigade being called to rescue unfortunate youngsters includ being stuck up a tree, trapped under a slide and having a toilet seat stuck on their head.

Dave Brown from the London Fire Brigade said: "Kids are always crawling about and exploring so accidents are bound to happen, but when we are releasing children from under tables and out of TV speakers it diverts our attention from other emergencies.

"Many of the incidents we get called to could be avoided with a little bit of common sense.  During this summer holiday, I would  ask parents to keep an eye on their children and only call 999 if it is a real emergency."

In the last five years the Brigade’s crews have been called out to rescue:
• A child with its head stuck in a potty in Dulwich last week (July 2014)
• A child with its head stuck under a table in Kingston in 2009
• A child trapped under a slide in Islington in 2011
• A child with its leg wedged in a statue in a car park in Kensington in 2011
• A 13 year old stuck in a baby swing in a park in Havering in 2011
• A child with a cone stuck on its head in Enfield in 2013
• A child with a toilet seat stuck on its head in Hackney in 2010
• A child with its arm stuck in a TV speaker in Lewisham in 2012
• A child with a toy train stuck on its finger in Brent in 2012
• A child with its leg stuck in a park merry-go-round in Dulwich in 2009

In 2013, the LFB dealt with:
• Around 500 children being locked inside toilets and bathrooms
• 133 children being stuck in trees
• 50 children locked in cars
• 24 children with a hand stuck in a letter box

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